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Indiana Hoosiers Basketball

The Indiana Hoosiers are a Division I men’s basketball team that competes in the Big Ten Conference and is one of the most successful programs in NCAA history. The Hoosiers play their home games on Branch McCracken Court at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Known more commonly as “Assembly Hall.”

Throughout the Hoosiers’ long and storied history, the program has found success in every era, winning their first of five NCAA National Championships in 1940. Since then, Indiana has produced many great players, coaches, and storylines.

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Best Players and Coaches in Indiana Hoosier History

Many feel the Indiana program we all know and love began with “The General” Bob Knight when he became the head coach in 1971. However, it was Branch McCracken who first led the Hoosiers to a National Championship in 1940 and then added another in 1953. Not to mention, the court they play on today bears his name.

Of course, Knight did win three National Championships, setting records for wins throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He also led the last undefeated team in NCAA history during the 1975-76 season. 

During his tenure, the Hoosiers produced All-American after All-American and became one of the elite programs in the entire nation, rivalling the achievements of Kentucky and even UCLA.

Kent Benson, Scott May, Calbert Cheaney, and Victor Oladipo all claimed National Player of the Year honors during their time in Bloomington. Not to mention 41 other All-Americans, 13 of which received First Team honors. Many great players such as Quinn Buckner, Isiah Thomas, Alan Henderson, and A.J. Guyton found their way to the NBA as well.

Despite all this success and all these great basketball players, the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program will forever be linked to Knight, for better or worse. A variety of controversies and a bad relationship with then-university president Myles Brand led to Knight’s dismissal in 2000. 

Although the program still attracts the nation’s top talent in both the player and coach department, it has yet to recapture the success Knight maintained for almost 30 years. However, the history of the team speaks for itself, even before Knight’s arrival, and a return to the top of the Big Ten as well as national prominence is always well within reach.

Indiana Hoosiers Betting Odds

Since the Hoosiers play in the Big Ten, they are a member of one of the most competitive conferences in the nation. Great rivalries with Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue only increase the intensity of league play. Plus, simply being Indiana puts a target on their back every game they play, conference or non-conference and therefore betting on the Hoosiers odds every game is a fun way to make the games even more exciting. 

For all Hoosiers games you will find three main ways to bet on the game: point spread, moneyline, and over/under or total. The point spread is simply the amount of points the Hoosiers need to win or lose by for you to win your bet. Say you see a line that says, “Indiana Hoosiers (+2.5) at Ohio State.” That means if the Hoosiers lose by two or fewer points, you win your bet, that’s the point spread. That same game might have a Hoosiers moneyline of +145. If that is the case, if you bet $100 on the Hoosiers to win, you would get $145, plus the original $100 you bet for a total of $245 back in your pocket.

Finally, the over/under or total, is asking how many points you think the Buckeyes and Hoosiers are going to score combined in the game. If the over/under is listed at 138 and the Hoosiers beat the buckeyes 74-71, you would win your bet because the two teams combined for 145 points. No matter who the Hoosiers are playing, Indiana-betting will have all your latest Indiana Hoosiers betting odds all season long.