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Northern Iowa vs. Indiana State - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State Sycamores (9-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (16-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Indiana State Sycamores and Northern Iowa Panthers play Wednesday at the McLeod Center.

The Indiana State Sycamores have won five of their last six games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 67.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 70.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Devonte Brown is averaging 12.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while Khristian Smith is averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brenton Scott is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tre' Bennett is dishing three assists. The Indiana State Sycamores have six players averaging at least 7.1 points while they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Indiana State is allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 61 or less points in four of its last eight games.

Northern Iowa vs. Indiana State - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers have won five straight games and look for their sixth MVC win. On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 65.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and is allowing 54.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Seth Tuttle is averaging 14.9 points and 3.2 assists while Wes Washpun is averaging 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds. Deon Mitchell is dishing two assists and Nate Buss is shooting 47.7 percent from the field. The Northern Iowa Panthers have seven players averaging at least 5.1 points while they’re shooting 71.6 percent from the line and 37 percent from downtown. Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in eight straight games. Northern Iowa is 9-0 SU at home.

The Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sycamores are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Northern Iowa and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Indiana State has either won or lost by two points in the last five games against Northern Iowa. While the Panthers are the better team, the Sycamores are no pushover and always fight hard. I'll gladly take the points here. 

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