Indiana basketball looks to open up the 2022-23 season undefeated at 2-0 as heavy favorites in Thursday’s matchup with Bethune-Cookman.
The Hoosiers won the first game of the season 88-53, and if you trusted my betting tips in game 1 against Morehead State, you could have finished Monday night with an extra $89.29 in your pocket.
Here’s another chance for you to trust my betting tips based on the odds for tonight’s game:
No .13 Indiana basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman betting odds
Spread: Indiana -31.5 (-114) | Bethune-Cookman +31.5 (-106)
Moneyline: Indiana -10000 | Bethune-Cookman +3000
Over/Under: Over 140.5 points (-108) | Under 140.5 points (-112)
(Odds by FanDuel Sportsbook)
No. 13 Indiana basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman best bet: Over 140.5 points
My best bet for the second game of the Indiana basketball season would be taking both teams to combine for over 140.5 points.
A $100 bet on over 140.5 points would potentially bring home a profit of $92.59. That’s not a bad night in my eyes for a pretty sure-fire bet that will come to fruition.
My final predictions before the season began had the Hoosiers winning this game against Bethune-Cookman, 91-62, which would add up to 153 total points combined between the two schools. I’d be shocked if Indiana doesn’t reach at least 90 points, which all the Wildcats will need to do is get to 51 or more points for the over to hit.
In three of the past five games against SWAC opponents, Indiana and their opponent have combined for 145 or more points. Last season against Jackson State, the two teams combined for just 105 points. I’m guessing that the Hoosiers have too much firepower this season to only score 70 against Bethune-Cookman.
If I wanted to bet with my heart and not my mind, I would hammer a parlay of the over 140.5 points and take Indiana -31.5, because it is entirely possible that the Hoosiers win this game by 35-40 points.
Since 1980, Indiana basketball has battled against an opponent from the SWAC seven times, with the last matchup coming against Jackson State last season (Hoosiers won by 35 points). In the seven games over the past 40 seasons, Indiana basketball has won by an average margin of 35.0 points per game, with a 51-point win being the highest against Mississippi Valley State in 2014.
Ride with the over, but take the risk on the spread if you want to make some extra dough on a beautiful Thursday night in Bloomington!