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Evansville Purple Aces vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (18-12) at Evansville Purple Aces (23-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to play the Evansville Purple Aces in a MVC game on Saturday.

The Evansville Purple Aces are 23-7 (12-5) and are coming off of a win against Bradley by a score of 67-55. Evansville has won 4 games in a row and is currently tied for 2nd in the MVC standings. Evansville is averaging 76.2 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Evansville is also averaging 35.1 rebounds per game and 18.1 assists per game. D.J. Balentine is averaging 20.8 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for Evansville. Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 16.7 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game for the Purple Aces. Evansville is shooting 72.3% on free throws, 35.9% on three-pointers, and 50.3% on all field goal attempts.

Evansville Purple Aces vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers are 18-12 (10-7) and are coming off of a win against Indiana State by a score of 66-44. Northern Iowa has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 4th in the MVC standings. Northern Iowa defeated Evansville by a score of 57-54 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Northern Iowa is averaging 69.3 points per game while giving up 64 points per game. Northern Iowa is also averaging 30.1 rebounds per game and 12.7 assists per game. Wes Washpun is averaging 14.1 points per game and 5.4 assists per game for Northern Iowa. Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.5 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 75.6% on free throws, 38% on three-pointers, and 46.2% on all field goal attempts.

Northern Iowa is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games. Northern Iowa is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The under is 5-2 in Northern Iowa’s last 7 games following a win. Evansville is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. Evansville is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 5-1 in Evansville’s last 6 home games. The under is 6-2 in these two teams last 8 meetings.

Both of these teams have had good seasons, but Northern Iowa got the better of Evansville in the first meeting this season. Evansville will be at home this time and has won 4 games in a row. Evansville is the higher scoring team and has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. I like Evansville here. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -4.5

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