Sunday’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Indiana-Michigan, Seton Hall-DePaul

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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Romeo Langford (0), Jordan Poole (2).

After a thrilling college basketball slate on Saturday, including Iowa State upsetting No. 5 Kansas and Alabama taking down and No. 13 Kentucky, the action stays hot with seven-ranked teams taking the floor.

Among them, No. 21 Indiana travels to No. 2 Michigan after unranked Seton Hall takes on the struggling DePaul Blue Demons.

Where’s the value in these matchups? Let’s break them down.


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Betting Odds: Seton Hall at DePaul

  • Spread: Seton Hall -2.5
  • Over/Under: 146
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1

The Pirates (7-7 against the spread) have failed to cover in three of their past four contests, but their 11-3 record straight up is impressive after losing four starters from a season ago.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Myles Powell (22.6 points per game) — their lone returning piece from that lineup — has a clear-cut edge on Blue Demons point guard Devin Gage, who has struggled with his isolation defense.

Chris Willard’s crew also boasts a size advantage inside, where it has generated 53% of its scoring. Using an inside-out approach should do DePaul (6-7 ATS) in, as it’s yielding a 36.3% 3-point clip.

At the other end, Gage’s miscues have contributed to the Blue Demons’ 19.6 turnover percentage. Seton Hall is turning the opposition over at a 20.8% clip, led by Powell and Quincy McKnight’s sound on-ball defense. The Pirates should control the pace throughout because of it, and they’ll aim to push the floor often via their 16-second average possession length.

According to Bet Labs, Seton Hall is 8-10 (44.4%) ATS as a single-digit favorite, dating back to last regular season. The Pirates will begin to turn that around in Chicago, as DePaul is 6-12 (33.3%) ATS as a home favorite since the 2016-17 regular season.

THE PICK: Pirates -2.5

Betting Odds: Indiana at Michigan

  • Spread: Michigan -8
  • Over/Under: 131.5
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS

The Wolverines (6-8 ATS) likely won’t remain undefeated the rest of the regular season, but the Hoosiers (7-7 ATS) don’t have enough to halt their streak. Can they keep it competitive, though?

Indiana has been plagued by too many slow starts, including their latest game against Illinois, where they faced a 10-point deficit within the first 10 minutes. That won’t unravel well in Ann Arbor, especially minus point guard Robert Phinisee (concussion), who also represents one of its better defenders.

The Hoosiers’ sluggish play stems from their 20.2% turnover rate, which includes much of Phinisee in the lineup. Expect Michigan’s ball pressure to rattle the Hoosiers via its 20.8% opponents’ turnover rate.

It also boasts a significant height edge, so its 42.4% two-point defense should dominate Indiana, which has generated 58.2% of its scoring from inside the arc. If Isaiah Livers (back spasms) — one of the Wolverines’ best interior defenders — suits up, this one could be over in a hurry.

For Indiana to stave off Michigan’s second-rated Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (86.9 opponents’ points per possession), it’ll need a heroic effort from five-star freshman Romeo Langford (18.3 PPG). He won’t have much space to operate, as Charles Matthews should thwart Langford’s prowess for attacking the lane throughout.

Offensively, the Wolverines often utilize their perimeter attack (37.6%) in transition. The 6-foot-8 Jordan Poole (48.6%), who’s been one of the most improved players in the sport, could be in for an explosive showing.

Michigan is 11-5 (68.8%) as a single-digit favorite since the beginning of last season, per Bet Labs. John Beilein’s bunch shouldn’t have much of an issue in this matchup.

THE PICK:  Wolverines -8