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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (15-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (22-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Illinois State Redbirds dropped to 15-9 (7-5 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis, 65-59, this past Saturday. Illinois State shot 37.0% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Reggie Lynch who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Illinois State is ranked 96th in the RPI Standings and has played the 96th ranked SOS. On the season, the Redbirds have been led by Daishon Knight (14.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg) and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 spg). Illinois State is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 117th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 173rd). The Redbirds are shooting 71.7% from the free-throw line (ranked 75th) and average 6.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 199th). Illinois State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 71st) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 135th).  The Redbirds average 7.9 spg (ranked 37th) and have a rebound margin of 5.7 (ranked 28th).

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 13th ranked Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 22-2 (11-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 69-53, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa shot 64.1% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Seth Tuttle who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Northern Iowa is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 143rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Seth Tuttle (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Wes Washpun (8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg). Northern Iowa is averaging 65.0 ppg (ranked 232nd) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 19th).  The Panthers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 129th) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 20th).  Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 54.5 ppg (ranked 5th) on 38.1% shooting (ranked 18th).  The Panthers are holding teams to 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 45th) and average just 15.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 13th).

The Redbirds are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.  The Panthers are 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.

Illinois State had their 3 game winning streak snapped with a surprising loss as Southern Illinois this past Saturday. Northern Iowa has been on an absolute tear as they've won 11 straight which included a 70-54 victory at Wichita State about two weeks ago. Illinois State is an above average team in the MVC, however, Northern Iowa is possibility the team to beat in the MVC this year and I think that they'll be able to pull away from Illinois State for a double digit victory in this one. Take Northern Iowa to cover in this one. 

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