Miami vs. Indiana Odds, Spread & Predictions (March 19)

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March 17, 2023; Albany, New York, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1) and forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) and forward Race Thompson (25) and guard Tamar Bates (53) in the second half against the Kent State Golden Flashes at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Hoosiers are 1.5-point favorites in the odds between Miami and Indiana in the second round of Sunday’s March Madness action
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis comes into play this season averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the Hoosiers
  • Check out the latest Miami vs. Indiana odds and predictions, as well as betting splits and important trends below

Everyone loves a good underdog story, but sometimes love can go too far. Such was the case at Friday’s NCAA tournament when two of the top-bet underdogs, Drake and Kent State, failed to live up to the hype and failed to reward their supporters.

Miami and Indiana spoiled all those underdog tickets in the first round and now they meet in the second round in the 5v4 Midwest matchup.

Online sportsbooks are forecasting a hard-fought affair, with the Hoosiers having a slight advantage, according to Sunday’s college basketball odds.

Miami vs Indiana Odds

team spread money line In total
Miami hurricanes +1.5 (-110) +100 O 146 (-110)
Indiana Hoosiers -1.5 (-110) -120 U 146 (-110)

Indiana is currently a 1.5-point favorite in a 146-overall contest. The pick is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at the MVP Arena in Albany, NY, with TNT covering the broadcast.

Odds as of March 18th at DraftKings Sportsbook. Check out the full list of March Madness betting promotions.

Miami vs Indiana betting splits

That game opened as a pick, but Hoosier’s money quickly drove the line to Indiana -1 and then -1.5. Even at this number, the Hoosiers are attracting most of the spread action. 66% of ATS tickets are in Indiana, and those bets account for 64% of spread handle.

Overall, the line opened at 146 and that’s where it still sits. 14 of Friday’s first round games in the March Madness bracket fell below the total, including matchups from Miami and Indiana.

Miami vs Indiana betting trends

While the Hurricanes were underchallenged in their opening game and had to stage a late rally to get past Drake, Indiana was never in danger against Kent State.

The Hoosiers shot 47% from the field in a 71-60 win while limiting their opponent to 32% shooting. Player of the Year finalist Trayce Jackson-Davis did the most damage with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while making history.

Jackson-Davis became the first player since blocks became an official statistic to record 5 swats and at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The senior comes into play averaging 21 points and 11 boards per game and joins predicted first-round pick Jalen Hood-Schifino to form an incredible 1-2 scoring punch.

Miami struggled off the field in a 7-point win en route to a season-low 63 points. They were three down late in the contest before rallying to take the final 10 points and secure the win.

The Hurricanes looked offensive all night and that needs to be rectified if they hope to emulate last year’s Elite Eight run. Isaiah Wong and Jordan Miller, the team’s top two scorers, had just 12 points combined in a miserable 3-on-17 from the field.

Sophomore guard Nijel Pack saved the canes and amassed 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The win was their 10th in their last 12 games, but it was only the first time in five games they had covered the spread. That’s largely thanks to their defense, but bettors shouldn’t rely on that kind of efficiency at this end of the pitch when moving forward.

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Miami vs Indiana Predictions

Miami kept Drake scoreless for the final 3:24, forcing 12 turnovers and limiting the Bulldogs to 40% of the field. That looks like a runaway performance as Canes’ defense was well underperformed during the regular season. They ranked 210th in goal defense and 213th in percentage of opponents effective field goals.

Also working against Miami specifically in this matchup is a lack of size. None of their primary rotation players are above 6-7, which will be a problem against the much taller Jackson-Davis.

Indiana, on the other hand, is a strong offense both inside and out. They average 75 points per competition and have the seventh ranked shooting percentage in the nation. The Hoosiers shoot 37% from three and have the 30th most assists this season.

Defensively, they also pair well with what is usually a very strong Hurricanes offense. Indiana ranks 23rd in enemy shooting percentage and 14th in blocks. They also don’t allow many opportunities for second chances and rank 28th in defensive rebounds per game.

The Hoosiers might have been a very popular team to bet against in the first round, but they are emerging as a clear team to fall behind in the second round.

Selection: Indiana -1.5 (-110)

Predictions for the second round of March Madness:

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