A pair of ranked Big Ten games compose the highlight of the NCAA basketball schedule for the last day of January 2022. Although the Hoosiers are the slightly higher-ranked team, the Indiana basketball betting odds have cast them as an underdog in Ann Arbor on Monday night.
The later game between Ohio State and Iowa features a bigger spread and higher point total. Which of the two is the better premise for bettors depends on your perspective and how you read the matchups.
A look at the Indiana basketball betting odds for Monday night
FanDuel slots No. 7 Michigan a 3.5-point favorite against No. 6 Indiana at -110 odds. The total for the game on FanDuel is 130.5, with tip set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. This is the first and only regular-season meeting of these teams this season. DraftKings has Indiana a 4.5-point underdog with a total of 131.
The Hoosiers come in on a nine-game winning streak. The Wolverines have won their last six in a row. Michigan is undefeated at home on the regular season while Indiana has gone 5-0 as the road team so far.
The Wolverines have a very slight edge in points per game average while the Hoosiers allow slightly fewer points per game. The point total is above these two teams’ combined average production. However, each team has failed to hit the 70-point mark during their respective winning streaks just once.
That trend of heightened recent offensive outputs continues into the latter of these two games as well.
Hawkeyes hosting Buckeyes as betting favorites
At 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network, Iowa and Ohio State also meet for the only time on the current regular-season slate. The Hawkeyes haven’t dropped any of their last seven outings while the Buckeyes just had a six-game winning streak snapped by Michigan.
Iowa is 7-2 at home whereas Ohio State is 5-2 on the road. The teams are essentially identical in terms of average points scored and points allowed per game. FanDuel’s point total of 160.5 and DraftKings’ total of 161.5 are both below what these two teams average combined.
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have Iowa as a 4.5-point favorite. During the Hawkeyes’ winning streak, they’ve topped 90 points four times and 100 points twice. Thus, it’s easy to understand why any bettor might be considering the Over on this game.
Although these are the only two games between top-25 teams for Monday, No. 4 Tennessee looks to rebound at home against Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network as well. FanDuel has the Lady Volunteers a 6.5-point favorite.