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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Xavier Musketeers - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier Musketeers (4-0) at Northern Iowa Panthers (3-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm (HP Field House)

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

TV: ESPN2

The Xavier Musketeers will play the Northern Iowa Panthers in the Championship of the Tire Pros Invitational on Sunday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 3-0 this season after beating Oklahoma by a score of 73-67 in overtime in their last game. Northern Iowa trailed by 13 points at halftime but was able to storm back to force overtime and win the extra period. Klint Carlson led Northern Iowa with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in this game. Northern Iowa shot 40% on field goals, while shooting 38.7% on three-pointers in their win. Northern Iowa is averaging 76.3 points per game while giving up 55.7 points per game this season. Jeremy Morgan is averaging 16 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.3 steals per game, while Klint Carlson is averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for Northern Iowa. UNI is averaging 34 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game, while committing 12 turnovers per game. Northern Iowa is shooting 47.7% on field goals, 77.8% on free throws, and 41.2% on three-pointers this season.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Xavier Musketeers - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers are 4-0 this season after beating Clemson by a score of 83-77 in their last game. Xavier gave up 45 points in the second half but was able to hang for the win. J.P. Macura led Xavier with 28 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in this game. Xavier shot 52.6% on field goals, while shooting 42.9% on three-pointers in their win. Xavier is averaging 84 points per game while giving up 73.3 points per game this season. J.P. Macura is averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 4 rebounds per game, while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 18 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for Xavier. Xavier is averaging 40 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game, while committing 15 turnovers per game. The Musketeers are shooting 47.9% on field goals, 72.8% on free throws, and 29.6% on three-pointers this season.

Xavier is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games. The over is 9-3 in Xavier’s last 12 games. Northern Iowa is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The over is 4-1 in Northern Iowa’s last 5 non-conference games.

Northern Iowa played very well in the second half and overtime of their game against Oklahoma, while Xavier was able to hold off the Clemson come back attempt in the second half of their last game. Northern Iowa is a solid defensive team, but is going up against a very good Xavier offense. This is a very interesting non-conference game, but I like Xavier in this one behind a big game from Macura and Bluiett.  

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Xavier Musketeers -4.5

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