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Missouri State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (9-6) at Missouri State Bears (4-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears +6 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers dropped to 9-6 (1-1 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis, 75-73, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa fought back from a 70-59 deficit with just under two minutes to go but couldn’t pull off the come from behind victory. Northern Iowa shot 48.2% from the field and 33.3% (8-24) from beyond the arc. The Panthers allowed the Salukis to shoot 53.8% from the field and 59.1% (13-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for Northern Iowa was Wes Washpun who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Wes Washpun (15.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Paul Jesperson (12.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Matt Bohannon (11.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Offensively, Northern Iowa is averaging 74.3 ppg on 49.1% shooting from the field and 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

Missouri State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri State Bears lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-10 (0-2 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Evansville Purple Aces, 76-59, this past Saturday. Missouri State was able to hang around with Evansville in the 1st half as they only trailed by a 30-27 margin at halftime, however, they allowed the Purple Aces to go on a 20-0 run in the 2nd half to take complete control of the game. Missouri State shot just 37.5% from the field and 15.4% (2-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bears allowed the Purple Aces to shoot 54.8% shooting from the field and was outrebounded by Evansville by a 37-28 margin. Leading the way for Missouri State was Chris Kendrix who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Bears have been led by Camyn Boone (12.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Dequon Miller (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Chris Kendrix (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 67.5 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field and 27.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 4.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Missouri State is allowing an average of 73.6 ppg on 45.1% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Panthers are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The Bears are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.  

Northern Iowa has had an up and down season to date as although they have big wins against North Carolina and Iowa State, they’ve also suffered some tough losses against Richmond and Hawaii. Missouri State had a lot of roster turnover from last season’s 11-win team and has struggled this season finding ways to score the basketball. Missouri State plays better at home but Northern Iowa was able to beat them by double-digits in both matchups last season, and as the Panthers talent level is much higher than the Bears, I’m taking Northern Iowa to cover this mid-range spread on the road. 

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