Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (17-11) at Northern Iowa Panthers (16-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm (McLeod Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to play the Northern Iowa Panthers in a MVC game on Saturday.
The Northern Iowa Panthers are 16-12 (8-7) and are coming off of a loss to Loyola (CHI) by a score of 59-56. Northern Iowa has won 6 of their last 7 games and is currently 5th in the MVC standings. Northern Iowa does have a win against Wichita State, who is leading the MVC standings. Northern Iowa is averaging 69.2 points per game while giving up 64.7 points per game. Northern Iowa is also averaging 29.9 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Wes Washpun is averaging 13.9 points per game and 5.6 assists per game for Northern Iowa. Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.6 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 75.2% on free throws, 38.4% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.
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The Illinois State Redbirds are 17-11 (11-4) and are coming off of a win against Indiana State by a score of 78-50. Illinois State has won 5 games in a row and is currently 2nd in the MVC standings. Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa by a score of 76-67 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Illinois State is averaging 67.7 points per game while giving up 66.1 points per game. Illinois State is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 14.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for Illinois State. MiKyle McIntosh is averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Redbirds. Illinois State is shooting 66.2% on free throws, 33.7% on three-pointers, and 41.6% on all field goal attempts.
Illinois State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Illinois State is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games. The over is 9-2 in Illinois State’s last 11 Saturday games. Northern Iowa is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games. Northern Iowa is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The under is 7-1 in Northern Iowa’s last 8 home games. The home team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.
Northern Iowa was playing very good basketball before slipping up in their last game. Illinois State is on a winning streak, but is on the road for this game. Both teams are good defensively, while Illinois State has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. This should be a close game and I think Illinois State is more than capable of getting the job done on the road.