Michigan State vs.  Indiana: Prediction, pick, spread, odds, live stream, watch online, tv channel

Michigan State vs. Indiana: Prediction, pick, spread, odds, live stream, watch online, tv channel

Michigan State vs.  Indiana: Prediction, pick, spread, odds, live stream, watch online, tv channel

Two of the Big Ten’s biggest brands are set for a critical league battle Sunday on CBS, as Indiana hosts Michigan State in a game with teams looking to navigate the sprawling middle tier of the league standings. The meeting is the first of two between the programs this season and ranks as one of the best matchups of the day in college basketball.

After a 1-4 start to the Big Ten and a five-game seven-game losing streak, Indiana (12-6, 3-4 Big Ten) came back to life with a vengeance last week with double-digit wins over Wisconsin and Illinois. The Hoosiers are in the NCAA Tournament’s projected field as the 8th seed going into the game, according to CBS Sports Bracketology expert Jerry Palm, and have looked much improved in their last two games.

All-star Trayce Jackson-Davis is playing the best hoops of his career as he finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in last Saturday’s win over the Badgers and followed that up with 35 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the victory Thursday on the Illini. He made a total of 24 of 32 attempts from the field as he led the Hoosiers in scoring in both contests.

Michigan State (13-6, 5-3) is coming off a stunning 70-57 victory over Rutgers on Thursday that epitomized this version of the Spartans. Unlike Indiana and Jackson-Davis, there’s no superstar for MSU, who had five players reach double figures in their victory over the Scarlet Knights. Senior point guard Tyson Walker has been leading the way recently, averaging 17.3 points on 53.6% 3-point shooting in six January contests, but a variety of different Spartans are capable of stepping up in any given game.

The Spartans haven’t been ranked since early December, but a win here could be enough to put Michigan State back in the AP Top 25 and a prime spot among the group of teams chasing Purdue in the Big Ten rankings.

How to watch Indiana vs Michigan State live

Meeting: Sunday, January 20th | Time: 12pm ET
Location: Assembly Hall — Bloomington, Indiana
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Indiana vs Michigan State predictions, picks

Trayce Jackson-Davis is in absolute heat for Indiana as the Hoosiers convincingly won two consecutive games to resurrect their season. The Assembly Hall should be high for this one as IU look to put together their first three-game winning streak since November. Michigan State has only played three road games in the league so far, but they are 2-1 in those contests and should have the composure needed to deal with the environment. These Spartans are a veteran group coming off an impressive 70-57 defensive victory over Rutgers. Look for them to hold you steady and potentially steal one down the road. UI has simply been too inconsistent to rely on. Forecast: State of Michigan (+3.5)

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