Indiana vs. Northwestern odds: Picks from proven college basketball model

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It's a Big Ten showdown at Assembly Hall as the Indiana Hoosiers host the Northwestern Wildcats in a nationally televised game at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS. Northwestern is coming off a resounding 83-60 thumping of Minnesota, while Indiana held off Penn State, 74-70.

The Hoosiers opened as 2.5-point favorites.

Before you lock in your picks on this matchup of deep, balanced squads, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model is picking. This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, completely crushed college basketball last season, producing a 755-636-20 record on its A-rated picks, returning a massive profit of $6,529 for any $100 players who followed them.

The Wildcats are 20-6 against the spread in their last 26 contests versus the Hoosiers, while the Under is 7-1 in Indiana's previous eight games.

Northwestern's best chance to cover the spread -- and win outright -- will be getting a solid performance from backcourt tandem Scottie Lindsey and Bryant McIntosh, who are the team's leading scorers. McIntosh is an excellent distributor, dishing out 6.0 assists per game.

But Indiana can cover the spread by getting the rock to big man Juwan Morgan, who nets 16.0 points and 7.5 boards each time out. He's also lethal inside the paint, knocking down over 58 percent of his field-goal attempts.

Will the Hoosiers lock down an important home win to gain ground in the Big Ten standings, or will the Wildcats pull off the upset and improve their tournament chances?

So what side of Northwestern-Indiana do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick from the computer model that is crushing college basketball and find out.

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