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Northern Iowa vs. Washington State - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington State Cougars (7-3) at Northern Iowa Panthers (7-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Washington State Cougars face off on Wednesday in the losers bracket in Honolulu in college basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers have had some big wins this season but on Tuesday they were no match for host Hawaii losing 52-68. For the season Northern Iowa is averaging 73.9 points per game and they are shooting 49.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Wes Washpun leads the Panthers averaging 15.9 points and 6.4 assists per game. Paul Jesperson is averaging 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.5 points, and Jeremy Morgan is averaging 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Northern Iowa just looked flat on Tuesday thing just 19 of 43 shots.

Northern Iowa vs. Washington State - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington State Cougars had the unfortunate luck of drawing red-hot Oklahoma for their first round game in Hawaii and they were blasted 60-88. For the season Washington State is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 48.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Josh Hawkinson leads the Cougars averaging 16.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Ike Iroegbu is averaging 13.6 points, Que Johnson is averaging 10.8 points, and Conor Clifford is averaging 8.0 points. The loss on Tuesday dropped Washington State to 7-3 for he year as they still look for their first win not on their home court.

Northern Iowa is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 10-1 against the spread in neutral site games, and 4-0 against the spread following a loss. Washington State is 5-0 against the spread following a loss, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, and 1-6 against the spread following a loss by 20 or more points.

Washington State is getting six points here and while Northern Iowa could win this one I will take the points with the better defensive team. 

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Washington State Cougars +6

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