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Wichita State Shockers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (27-2) at Wichita State Shockers (26-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 10th-ranked Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 27-2 (16-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 68-57, this past Wednesday. Northern Iowa shot 52.3% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Deon Mitchell who had 17 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Northern Iowa is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and has played the 162nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Seth Tuttle (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Wes Washpun (8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg). Northern Iowa is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 223rd) on 48.5% shooting (ranked 13th). The Panthers average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 76th) on 39.9% three-point shooting (ranked 17th). Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 53.9 ppg (ranked 4th) on 38.6% shooting (ranked 22nd). The Panthers commit just 14.7 personal fouls per game (ranked 9th) and are holding teams to just 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 33rd).

Wichita State Shockers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 11th-ranked Wichita State Shockers improved to 26-3 (16-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 63-53, this past Wednesday. Wichita State shot 40.3% from the field and 11.8% (2-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Darius Carter who had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist. Wichita State is ranked 14th in the RPI Standings and has played the 120th ranked SOS. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (15.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Fred VanVleet (12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.3 apg). Wichita State is averaging 70.3 ppg (ranked 100th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 111th). The Shockers commit just 9.7 turnovers per game (ranked 5th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.43 (ranked 12th). Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 55.7 ppg (ranked 9th) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 41st). The Shockers average 7.0 spg (ranked 83rd) and pull down 36.07 total rpg (ranked 93rd).

The Panthers are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Shockers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 vs. the MVC.

This is going to be one great game as the MVC regular season championship will be on the line in this one. Northern Iowa has reeled off 16 straight victories including an impressive 70-54 win at home against Wichita State on Jan 31st. Wichita State has won their last 7 games and have been dominating the MVC on the defensive end as they've held opponents to an average of 53 ppg in that span. Northern Iowa was able to shoot 60.0% from the field and 71.4% from beyond the arc in their victory against Wichita State and although I believe that their defensive can contain Wichita State, I just can't see Northern Iowa putting up those type of offensive numbers at Wichita State. I think Northern Iowa will hang around in this one but Rob Baker, Fred VanVleet, and Darius Carter will be too much in the end for Northern Iowa, and that they pull away to cover in this one. Take Wichita State to cover. 

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