Wichita State Shockers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/5/14
Northern Iowa Panthers (7-6) at Wichita State Shockers (14-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Iowa Panthers take the hardwood with the Wichita State Shockers at Charles Koch Arena.
Northern Iowa had not been looking as fearsome as in year's past but the Panthers have been trying to turn that around with wins in four of five. UNI comes in off of an 80-46 rout of Bradley in which the lead was 16 at the break with the carnage continuing in the second half. Northern Iowa hit at 48% including 10-24 from long range while totaling ten more shots and holding the Braves to only 37% from the floor. Seth Tuttle led all scorers with 24 pointsand nine rebounds with Matt Bohannon adding 16 points followed by a 15 point, eight assist effort from Wes Washpun.
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Wichita State has been on a roll for several years and this season has been no different with their ability to both score and defend. It was business as usual as the Shockers knocked off struggling Southern Illinois by an 82-67 mark. It wasn't a typical defensive effort with the Salukis hitting shots including 7-13 on threes but that still paled in comparisom to the Shockers who burned the nets at 60% marksmanship and totaled 13 more looks at the basket. Cleanthony Early pumped in a game best 23 points with five yanks followed by Fred VanFleet with 17 points and seven helpers while Nick Wiggins and Tekele Cotton netted 13 and nine points as the Shockers went with a nine man rotation.
Northern Iowa has been playing well so this is not going to be easy. I would expect a close game in the first half and hopefully the Shockers pull away late or ealy as long as they pull away...