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Drake Bulldogs vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (13-2) at Drake Bulldogs (3-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs +12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Northern Iowa Panthers put their #23 ranking on the line when they visit the Knapp Center to face the Drake Bulldogs.


The defense first Northern Iowa Panthers have built an impressive resume' with a 13-2 record to climb to #23 in the nation. The Panthers own the #15 defense that allows just 56 points with both losses coming by a combined nine points. UNI has won consecutive games following a 55-39 rout of visiting Southern Illinois on Wednesday. The Panthers led by seven at the half way point and rode a stiffling defense that limited the Salukis to a mere 29.5% from the field on 13-44 for the game. Northern Iowa countered with 44.7% which was decisive with seven more field goals. Seth Tuttle led all scorers with 24 points and eight rebounds on 9-12 shooting with Nate Buss netting 15 points. Six others totaled 16 points but the Panthers didn't need a lot of offense.

Drake Bulldogs vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs haven't been much of a factor in the Missouri Valley for quite awhile and judging by their 3-12 record 2014-15 doesn't look to be heading in the right direction. The numbers tell the story with the Bulldogs being outscored 71-60 which makes consistent winning impossible. Drake looks to put an end to a three game skid after falling at Illinois State 81-45 with the Redbirds essentially ending this from a competitive standpoint with a 22 point half time lead. ISU burned the nets at 56.6% with a 9-21 performance on threes while Drake could not compete on 31.8% accuracy. While Illinois State had four double digit scorers the Bulldogs had one in Chris Caird with 15 points on 5-8 with the duo of Trevor Berkely and Reed Timmer combining for 17 points.


The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Northern Iowa are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Bulldogs are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Drake are 14-37 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS loss. The danger here is overlooking Drake on the road but if Northern Iowa plays their game the potential to cover lies with them...

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Northern Iowa -12

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