Eastern Michigan vs. Indiana Prediction and Odds: How to Bet Mike Woodson's College Coaching Debut

Indiana will face Eastern Michigan in its season opener.
Indiana will face Eastern Michigan in its season opener. / Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers usher in the Mike Woodson era with a home game at Assembly Hall against Eastern Michigan.

IU fell way short of expectations during the Archie Miller era, but have talent around big man Trayce Jackson-Davis, who will give Woodson a nice boost in his first season on the sidelines in Bloomington.

TJD is a future lottery pick, and the team should have no issues taking care of business against EMU, but can they cover a big spread?

Let's check out the odds and find the best bet for this opening night matchup, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Eastern Michigan vs. Indiana Odds, Spread and Total


  • Eastern Michigan: +24 (-110)
  • Indiana: -24 (-110)


  • Eastern Michigan: N/A
  • Indiana: N/A


  • 141 (Over -110/Under -110)

Eastern Michigan vs. Indiana Pick and Prediction

There's a ton of intrigue around this matchup, mainly because this is the first time we are seeing live game action of two new coaches. Woodson takes the helm at Indiana after years in the NBA ranks, so there will be questions about how he builds the team around Jackson-Davis.

As for the other side, the Eagles hired Stan Heath to start what may be an arduous rebuild for EMU. The team returns just 38% of their minutes from last season and used six of his seven scholarships on freshman. It will be a tough ask for him to get his team ready to face a veteran IU squad that has more than two-thirds of their minutes back and should benefit from a change in defensive scheme from Miller's packline defense, especially against an inferior opponent.

I lean with Indiana despite the big number, but would tread carefully with questions about the new system. This is more of a tune up game than anything so Woodson may experiment with both schemes and rotations, but I'm not rushing to back Heath's rebuilding Eagles team either.

Lean: Indiana -24 (-110)

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