Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Iowa Panthers (17-2) at Illinois State Redbirds (12-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois State Redbirds and the Northern Iowa Panthers face off on Sunday at Redbird Arena in Missouri Valley Conference college basketball action.
The Illinois State Redbirds are 12-7 this season and they have won four of their last five games. ISU is averaging 72.2 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Daishon Knight leads the Redbirds averaging 15.5 points per game. Bobby Hunter is averaging 9.6 points, Reggie Lynch is averaging 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Paris Lee is averaging 6.9 points. Illinois State is 6-3 at home this season and 4-3 in MVC play.
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The Northern Iowa Panthers have won eight of their last nine games and they are ranked 19th in the nation. UNI is averaging 65.7 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 54.9 points and their opponents are shooting 38 percent. Seth Tuttle leads the Panthers averaging 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Wes Washpun is averaging 9.4 points, Deon Mitchell is averaging 7.3 points, and Nate Buss is averaging 6.1 points. Northern Iowa is 4-2 on the road and 6-1 in MVC play.
Illinois State is 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 5-2 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record. Northern Iowa is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, 3-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 3-1-1 against the spread against the MVC. The home team has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
I admittedly have been back and forth on this one but I see Illinois State having the edge here playing at home and while it is a lean they are my pick.