Tuesday college basketball odds: No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota
The University of Minnesota remains on the NCAA bubble with its recent struggles, but the Gophers can all but punch their ticket to the Big Dance with an upset of No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers opened as 5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Indiana had just one game last week but it was an impressive 72-68 win at No. 4 Michigan State, ending IU’s 17-game losing streak there. Victor Oladipo’s go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute gave him 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, five steals and a block despite playing on a sprained left ankle. Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference — with four games left in the regular season — and moved a step closer toward earning top seeding next month in the NCAA tournament. Cody Zeller had 17 points — nearly doubling what he had in the previous matchup against Michigan State — while Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford scored 12 each for the Hoosiers. Oladipo and Zeller went over the 1,000-point mark of their careers in the game, joining Hulls and Watford in the club, to give the storied program four players with that many points on the same team for the first time.
Indiana now has six road wins this season, matching the number that it had in the previous 4 seasons combined. Indiana improved to 6-0 against ranked teams this season, the best mark in Division I.
Minnesota (18-9, 6-8) enters off its 71-45 loss at No. 18 Ohio State, the Gophers’ second straight loss and fourth in five games. Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and the Buckeyes used a 16-0 second-half run to wallop the offensively challenged Gophers. Andre Hollins had 11 points and Oto Osenieks 10 for Minnesota, which had a season-high 24 turnovers and shot just 29 percent from the field (14 of 48).
Indiana leads the all-time series 95-66 and has won two straight. IU beat then-No. 8 Minnesota 88-81 in Bloomington on Jan. 12. Oladipo scored 20 points and had six rebounds but fouled out after fouling a 3-point shooter for the third time in the game. Hulls knocked down four 3s, finished with 19 points and four rebounds but had two turnovers and missed three free throws during Minnesota’s closing run. Zeller had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks, and the Hoosiers vaunted bench went 0 for 8 from the field and finished with only three points. The mistakes allowed Minnesota to trim a 23-point halftime lead to 13 early in the second half and a 15-point deficit to three with 19 seconds to go.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota. Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota. Underdog is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings. Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.