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Northern Iowa vs. Drake - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (5-10) at Northern Iowa Panthers (9-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast Sportsnet

The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Drake Bulldogs face off on Saturday in MVC college basketball.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 9-7 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Northern Iowa is averaging 72.6 points and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 45.2 percent. Wes Washpun leads UNI averaging 15.2 points and 5.9 assists per game. Paul Jesperson is averaging 12.3 points, Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.1 points, and Jeremy Morgan is averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Northern Iowa is 5-1 at home this season.

Northern Iowa vs. Drake - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs are 5-10 this season and they have lost seven of their last eight games. Drake is averaging 69.4 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. Reed Timmer leads the Bulldogs averaging 17.4 points per game. Kale Abrahamson is averaging 15.4 points, Grahama Woodward is averaging 12.8 points, and Jacob Enevold is averaging 5.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Drake is 0-4 on the road this season.

Northern Iowa is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games, 14-5-3 against the spread against the Missouri Valley Conference, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. Drake is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 0-5-1 against the spread against the MVC, and 5-2 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record. The favorite is 6-1-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings of these two.

This looks to be a few too many points so I will take the points with Drake. 

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Drake Bulldogs +12.5

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