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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Colorado State Rams - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado State Rams (0-0) at Northern Iowa Panthers (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN College Extra

The Colorado State Rams will travel to play the Northern Iowa Panthers in the season opener for both of these teams.

The Northern Iowa Panthers finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a record of 31-4 (16-2 in conference). Northern Iowa averaged 65.2 points per game and allowed 54.6 points per game. Northern Iowa was ranked first in their conference in scoring defense. Northern Iowa lost their star player, Seth Tuttle, but will look to Wes Washpun to step up and fill the void. Washpun averaged 7.6 points per game, 2.6 assists per game, and 2.5 rebounds per game for Northern Iowa last season. Northern Iowa has been good the past couple of years and will hope to have another strong showing in the MVC. Northern Iowa beat Truman State University 70-50 in an exhibition game last week. Matt Bohannon led the way for Northern Iowa with 15 points.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Colorado State Rams - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado State Rams finished third in the Mountain West Conference last year with a record of 27-7 (13-5 in conference). Colorado State had the best offense in the Mountain West last year with 72.2 points per game, while allowing 64.1 points per game. Colorado State lost their three leading scorers from last year and will have to find players to fill that big gap in scoring production. Gian Clavell is the leading scorer that is returning from last year’s team who averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for Colorado State. Joe De Ciman and John Gillon are also returning from last year’s team and they both averaged 7.9 points per game. Colorado State is projected to finish seventh in the Mountain West this year. Colorado State beat CSU-Pueblo 89-65 in an exhibition game last week. Gian Clavell led the Colorado State offense with 21 points and 8 rebounds.

Colorado State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Missouri Valley Conference. Colorado State is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games. The under is 4-1-1 in Colorado State’s last 6 non-conference games. Northern Iowa is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Mountain West Conference. The over is 4-1 in Northern Iowa’s last 5 games against the Mountain West Conference.

Northern Iowa is a well-coached team that usually puts a good product out on the floor. Even though Northern Iowa lost some key pieces from last season, I expect them to be fine and compete once again in the MVC. Colorado State lost a lot of their key pieces from last season and I think this will be a bit of a down year for them. I am picking Northern Iowa in this one.

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Northern Iowa Panthers -7

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