There are just three Top-25 matchups on Sunday. Check out our betting news and notes for those contests.
Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Hoosiers (-9)
The last time Indiana hosted Michigan State 11 months ago, the Hoosiers ended a six-game losing streak in the series. When they meet again on Sunday in Bloomington, one will do so with a chance to establish some breathing room atop the Big Ten standings near the midpoint of the conference season. By virtue of already playing seven league contests, No. 11 Michigan State has won one move win than No. 3 Michigan and No. 8 Indiana, each of which has played six games. With the Wolverines facing a tough road test in Illinois on Sunday, the winner of this contest could claim the top spot in the Big Ten for a short while, at least until the Spartans and Hoosiers meet again in East Lansing on Feb. 19. Indiana moved to 12-1 at home this season with Wednesday’s 72-49 pounding of Penn State while Michigan State extended its winning streak to six games with Tuesday’s grinding 49-47 victory at Wisconsin.
Michigan Wolverines at Illinois Fighting Illini (+6.5)
No. 3 Michigan faces Illinois in Champaign on Sunday and, with a win, could take over the top spot in the national rankings. It's the second time in three weeks that the Wolverines are potentially a victory away from the No. 1 slot. Michigan fell to Ohio State in Columbus on Jan. 13, 56-53. Since, the Wolverines have beaten Minnesota on the road and Purdue at home to re-establish themselves. After starting 8-0 at Assembly Hall, the Fighting Illini have dropped their last two home contests - double-digit affairs against Minnesota and Northwestern. Those games were part of a three-game losing streak for Illinois, but a 20-point win at Nebraska on Tuesday should serve as something of a confidence booster entering the matchup with the Wolverines, who will be anxious to avenge their earlier misstep against the Buckeyes.
Creighton Bluejays at Southern Illinois Salukis (+11)
Creighton will try to right the ship when it travels to Southern Illinois for a Missouri Valley Conference game Sunday evening. The No. 12 Bluejays are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, dropping them out of first place in conference play. They lost by three points to No. 21 Wichita State last weekend, then fell to Drake—a team Creighton had defeated by 30 points 15 days earlier—by five on Wednesday. Doug McDermott, second in the nation in scoring at 23.8, was limited to two points in the second half against Drake because of illness. Southern Illinois will be without one of its best players against the Bluejays. Jeff Early, a senior guard who’s averaging 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds, will serve a one-game suspension after committing a flagrant-2 foul in Wednesday’s loss to Northern Iowa.