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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Evansville Purple Aces - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Evansville Purple Aces (19-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (26-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley

The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Evansville Purple Aces dropped to 19-9 (9-7 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Wichita State Shockers, 62-43, this past Sunday. Evansville shot 31.3% from the field and 8.3% (1-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was Egidijus Mockevicius who had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist. Evansville is ranked 108th in the RPI Standings and has played the 186th ranked SOS. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (19.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Egidijus Mockevicius (12.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg). Evansville is averaging 69.9 ppg (ranked 111th) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 16th). The Purple Aces are shooting 74.6 from the free-throw line (ranked 23rd) and average 15.9 apg (ranked 14th).  Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg (ranked 118th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 164th).  The Purple Aces pull down 32.36 total rpg (ranked 267th) and have a turnover margin of 0.6 (ranked 136th).

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Evansville Purple Aces - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 10th ranked Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 26-2 (15-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 56-39, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa shot 41.3% from the field and 31.0% (9-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Nate Buss who had 11 Points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Northern Iowa is ranked 20th in the RPI Standings and has played the 180th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Seth Tuttle (15.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Wes Washpun (8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg). Northern Iowa is averaging 65.2 ppg (ranked 225th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 15th). The Panthers average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 81st) and are shooting 39.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 18th).  Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 53.8 ppg (ranked 4th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 18th). The Panthers are holding teams to 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 31st) and commit just 14.6 personal fouls per game (ranked 9th).

The Purple Aces are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.  The Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 10-1-3 AS in their last 14 games overall.

Evansville had their three game winning streak snapped and continue to struggle against the stronger teams in the MVC. Northern Iowa continues to roll as they've now won 15 straight games. Evansville played Northern Iowa tough at home earlier in the season, but really hasn't been able to put much of a fight on the road against as of late as they lost at Wichita State and at Illinois State by an average of 22.5 points. Northern Iowa will need to remain focus on this game and not look ahead their regular season finale against Wichita State, however, with how well their defensive is playing (Opponents PPG is just 50.5 over UNI's last 6 games), I'm taking Northern Iowa to roll in this one. Take Northern Iowa to cover this large spread.

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Northern Iowa Panthers -11.5

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