We'll get to see if the No. 1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers are legit this week as they step up in competition at the Legends Classic.
But the Georgia Bulldogs, losers to tiny Youngstown State and also Southern Mississippi so far in 2012, may not be the team to challenge them. Oddsmakers don't seem to think so, booking the Hoosiers as huge 21-point favorites for Monday's game.
The game is being played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a neutral site matchup.
The Hoosiers bring a 3-0 record (3-0 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-2 Bulldogs, who are 0-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Indiana go 1-0 so far and the Bulldogs go 0-2.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hoosiers sit at No. 60 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 113 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Hoosiers will win this game 109-66.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 94.3 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 142 at 64 PPG. The Hoosiers field goal percentage has averaged 53.3% so far, more than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 37% per game.
Defensively, Georgia features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.
Georgia lost its last outing, a 62-60 result against Southern Miss on November 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite. Georgia suffered a 62-60 loss against Southern Miss on Thursday, getting 17 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in a losing effort at Stegeman Coliseum.
Last time out for Indiana, they were a 99-45 winner as they battled Sam Houston State at home. They covered in the match as a 30-point favorite. The battle between the Hoosiers and Bearkats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Sam Houston State was handed a 99-45 defeat on Thursday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.
Georgia Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing East Tennessee State are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6
Indiana Hoosiers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Ball State are 5-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Bulldogs at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Georgia home to East Tennessee State, Friday, November 23
Indiana home to Ball State, Sunday, November 25