Missouri State Bears vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Iowa Panthers (23-2) at Missouri State Bears (9-16)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm (JQH Arena)
The Line: Missouri State Bears +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
JQH Arena and the Missouri State Bears have their sights set on the #12 Northern Iowa Panthers Sunday.
It's been a few years since Wichita State was challenged in the Missouri Valley and Northern Iowa not only beat the Shockers but lead the conference with a 12-1 mark. A stiffling defense that allows less then 55 points has been their calling card as few teams have been able to break the 60 point barrier. Illinois State had a little scoring success versus the Panthers but couldn't get stops in Wednesday's 83-64 defeat where UNI jumped to a 50-33 lead after 20 minutes before going into cruise control. The Redbirds sank shots at 40.7% with Northern Iowa countering with almost 55%. Seth Tuttle led the scoring charge with a game high 23 points with five yanks and five helpers followed by Deon Mitchell with 12 points. Wes Washpun tossed in nine points while Wyatt Lohaus and Paul Jesperson added eight points apiece.
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The Missouri State Bears are something of an afterthought in the Missouri Valley as they have extreme difficulty scoring the basketball which has left them fighting to avoid the conference basement. The Bears have been outscored 64-60 and obviously need to avoid run and gun scenarios which they generally do although a 73-66 defeat at Evansville was a rare 'big' scoring game that needed to be won. Both teams shot the ball competitively in the 47%-48% range but this one was won at the charity stripe with the Purple Aces holding a 21-15 advantage. Camyn Boone led all scorers with 21 points and seven rebounds with Chrid Kendrix adding 13 points and seven boards. Gavin Thurman came through with 13 points and nine rebounds while Shawn Roundtree and Loomis Gerring netted seven points apiece.
The Panthers are 3-0-3 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 3-0-3 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. UNI are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Missouri State are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games. Despite an extremely impressive record Northern Iowa can't shake Wichita State so I view this as a must win...