Indiana Hoosiers Team Review - NCAA Basketball Betting

Indiana Hoosiers NCAA Basketball Betting

Indiana Hoosiers NCAA Basketball Betting

Mike Woodson was celebrated as a strong hire when he was hired by the Indiana Hoosiers in 2021. Woodson is an Indiana alum who played for the late great Bobby Knight. He then enrolled in the NBA for a long career as a player and coach. Thus, Woodson seemed to be a perfect fit. But this year was a major letdown and calls into question Woodson’s future status as the coach. Indiana had poor metrics on both ends of the court and often lacked effort. Long-time Hoosier fans are checked out, disgusted that the Bobby Knight style of toughness is long gone with the general, who died earlier this year.

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Indiana Hoosiers Team Review

Overall, the Indiana Hoosiers are 18-13 straight up, 15-15-1 against the spread, and 16-14 over/under the total. Indiana has national metrics of 205th for scoring offense, 25th for field goal percentage, 252nd for 3-point field goal percentage, 345th for free throw percentage, and 197th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, Indiana is 250th for scoring defense, 83rd for field goal percentage permitted, 222nd for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 193rd for defensive rebounding.

Late on, Indiana has covered four of its previous six games. Indiana has gone under the total in three of its last four outings. First among Indiana scorers is C Kel’el Ware, with 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. F Malik Reneau averages 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Brice Williams and Keisei Tominaga poured in 23 points apiece as Nebraska drilled 12 3-pointers in the first half to roll to a 93-66 victory over Indiana on Friday in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal at Minneapolis.

Jamarques Lawrence contributed 15 points, while Juwan Gary added 11 points and six rebounds as the third-seeded Cornhuskers tied their season-high with 14 3-pointers. Nebraska reached the Big Ten tournament semifinals for the first time since joining the conference prior to the 2011-12 season.

Backup guard CJ Gunn scored all of his career-high 17 points in the second half, while Mackenzie Mgbako added 16 for sixth-seeded Indiana. The Hoosiers shot just 35.3 percent from the field to see their season-best five-game winning streak end. Leading scorer Kel'el Ware, who entered the night with a 16.2 scoring average, didn't score in the first half and finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

Tominaga also enjoyed success in Nebraska's two regular-season wins over Indiana -- logging a total of 48 points and eight 3-pointers -- so the Hoosiers set out Friday to prevent a repeat. They glued Gabe Cupps to him while providing help from their bigs.

Williams took advantage by sticking two 3-pointers in the first two minutes, but Mgbako scored eight early points to give the Hoosiers a 17-16 edge. Williams responded with two more 3-pointers for a 22-17 lead, which gave Tominaga a chance to find open space.

ndiana entered year three under Mike Woodson and had to replace plenty of talent from last year’s team. The program built off of its year one momentum with the best season of Woodson’s tenure. And a stellar freshman campaign from one-and-done guard Jalen Hood-Schifino.

Woodson has made the NCAA Tournament during both of his first two years in Bloomington, the first Indiana coach to accomplish this feat since Mike Davis in 2002 (Kelvin Sampson’s second team reached the postseason, but he resigned midseason due to NCAA rules violations). Last year’s team was heavily reliant on the sheer ability of Jackson-Davis and the upside of Schifino, who turned in a signature performance with 35 points against rival Purdue in Mackey Arena. The team ultimately fell to an eventual Final Four team in Miami.

At the onset of the season, Indiana head coach Mike Woodson set a Big Ten Media Day building record for Most Expectations Managed. Everyone on the roster, it seemed, had “a lot of work to do.” Or “a long way to go.” It is the same for less tangible concepts like what the Hoosiers will do to score points. “Right now, I don’t know what kind of team we’re going to be offensively,” he said. As it turned out, Woodson was smart to manage expectations as Indiana had a poor season.

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