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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (22-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (19-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will play the Northern Iowa Panthers in the second round of the MVC Tournament.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 19-12 (11-7) and are #4 seed in the MVC tournament. Northern Iowa finished the regular season by winning 9 of their last 10 games and are coming off of a win against Evansville by a score of 54-52. Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois at home by a score of 67-58 in these two teams second meet of the season. Northern Iowa is averaging 68.8 points per game while giving up 63.6 points per game. Northern Iowa is also averaging 30 rebounds per game and 12.6 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 12.4 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 76% on free throws, 38.1% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis are 22-9 (11-7) and are the #5 seed in the MVC tournament. Southern Illinois finished the regular season by losing 2 of their last 3 games and are coming off of a win against Missouri State by a score of 78-68. Southern Illinois defeated Northern Iowa at home by a score of 75-73 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Southern Illinois is averaging 74.2 points per game while giving up 69.8 points per game. Southern Illinois is also averaging 35.4 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. Anthony Beane (Questionable) is averaging 19.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for Southern Illinois. Sean O’Brien is averaging 12.1 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Salukis. Southern Illinois is shooting 68.6% on free throws, 34.8% on three-pointers, and 45.4% on all field goal attempts.

Southern Illinois is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Southern Illinois is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 Friday games for Southern Illinois. Northern Iowa is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games. Northern Iowa is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Northern Iowa’s last 5 games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.

This should be a very entertaining game between two teams that split their season series. Northern Iowa is the better defensive team in this matchup, while Southern Illinois has the better offense. Northern Iowa doesn’t rebound the ball very well, so it will be interesting to see how they rebound during this tournament. I like Northern Iowa to advance.   

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