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12/31 Big Ten Preview: Louisville at Indiana

Although conference play is underway, Saturday’s lone game is a non-conference match-up.

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After only a few days of Big Ten conference action, we’ve already seen a little bit of everything.

Nebraska came out of nowhere to knock off Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota played a barn burner (literally), plus a number of predictable blow outs.

Although Big Ten hoops is in full swing, Saturday’s schedule brings us back to non-conference action. Only one game will be played, as Louisville travels to Indiana for a match-up of ranked teams.

You can preview Saturday’s Big Ten slate below, including betting odds courtesy of Covers.com.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

-No.6 Louisville (11-2) at No.16 Indiana (10-3)

  • Time/TV: 12:30 P.M / CBS
  • Covers Spread: Louisville (-2.5)

After being upset at home by Nebraska in their Big Ten opener, the Hoosiers certainly have a lot to prove on Saturday.

It will not be an easy task.

Louisville’s only two losses this year are against ranked teams (Baylor and Virginia) and they’re coached by one of the greatest men to ever walk the sidelines in Rick Pitino.

For whatever reason, Pitino always has his team ready when they play against the Big Ten. Since 2012, the Cardinals are 6-2 overall, including a 20 point win in their last meeting with Indiana.

Against Nebraska, the Hoosiers played sloppy basketball. Throughout the game, Indiana consistently lost 50/50 balls and suffered way too many turnovers.

You can’t help but think that part of their poor execution was because they looked past their opponent, possibly towards Louisville.

In the grand scheme of things, I think the Nebraska lost helped. Nothing like a good wake up call to get a team re-focused. Tom Crean knows what he’s doing, he has seen it all just like Pitino. It wouldn’t shock me to see the Hoosiers come out with their best performance of the season.

Despite being in Indiana, the game will not be played at Assembly Hall. Instead, the event will be hosted by Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

  • Pick Against The Spread: Indiana