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Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (10-10) at Illinois State Redbirds (10-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Northern Iowa Panthers and Illinois State Redbirds meet Saturday at the Redbird Arena.

The Northern Iowa Panthers need a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 70.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Wes Washpun is averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists while Matt Bohannon ia averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. Paul Jesperson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Jeremy Morgan is dishing 2.2 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have split their last 14 road games.

Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds need a victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 65.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 15.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while Paris Lee is averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 assists. Deontae Hawkins is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and MiKyle McIntosh is dishing 1.7 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 61.6 percent from the free throw line. The Redbirds are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Panthers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Redbirds are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Northern Iowa heads into this mtchup in poor form and is playing an Illinois State team that could use a big victory. In a toss up matchup I'm doing what I usually do, side with the home team.

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Illinois State Redbirds +1

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