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12/4 Big Ten Preview: Indiana vs Southeast Missouri State

Preview the Big Ten’s only matchup for Sunday, as Indiana takes onSoutheast Missouri State.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With a relatively uneventful Sunday with only one game on the schedule, we can take a look at how this game shapes out the rest of the conference.

You can preview all the games below. All spreads are based on KenPom.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

-Southeast Missouri State vs. #13 Indiana

  • Time/TV: 4:00PM ET - ESPN2
  • KenPom Spread: Indiana (-25)

Although Indiana is playing their fourth game in eight days, the Hoosiers should win this game against the Redhawks pretty handily. This Indiana team proved a lot after their win against North Carolina just a few days ago. That win proved that Indiana is a mature team even without starting one senior, and that they are arguably the best team in the Big Ten.

Sophomore forward OG Anunoby will likely not play after he sat out the team’s last game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville with a sprained ankle. Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon continue to lead this young team as an early favorite to win the Big Ten.

Southeast Missouri is 4-3 this season, with their only game played against a power 5 conference team ended in a loss against Illinois in the team’s opener. The team’s leading scorer has been guard Antonious Cleveland, averaging 16 points per game. The Hoosiers would like to keep up their tough defense they’ve shown of late.

Indiana will likely win this game as they are very tough to beat in Bloomington. With a win on Sunday, the Hoosiers will extend their winning streak to 23 games at home. However, playing four games in eight days will drain any team down the stretch of a tough week. That, along with with absence of Anunoby, I don’t think Indiana will cover the spread. Indiana is almost a lock, but I wouldn’t bet on a team with tired legs.

  • Pick Against the Spread: Southeast Missouri State