Missouri State Bears vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri State Bears (8-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (15-2)
College Basketball: January, 18th 2015 at 4:00 pm (EDT)
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TV: ESPN U
The Missouri State Bears will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Sunday evening.
The Missouri State Bears lost their 3rd straight game a dropped to 8-9 (2-3 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Evansville Purple Aces 56-54 this past Wednesday. Missouri State struggled offensively as they shot only 36.4% from the field and 15.4% (2-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Dorrian Williams who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Missouri State is ranked 187th in the RPI Standings and have played the 118th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Marcus Marshall (19.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Austin Rider (8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 64.3 ppg (ranked 121st) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 277th). The Bears shot 77.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 6th) and commit only 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 45th). Defensively, Missouri State is allowing their opponents to score an average of 63.3 ppg (ranked 121st) on 41.9% shooting 9ranked 148th). The Bears allowing their opponents to shoot 36.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 276th) and grab 33.18 total rpg (ranked 244th).
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The 23rd ranked Northern Iowa Panthers won their 4th straight and improved to 15-2 (4-1 MVC) on the season after beating the Bradley Braves 63-52 this past Tuesday. Northern Iowa held Bradley to 29.4% shooting from the field and 31.8% (7-22) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Seth Tuttle who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Northern Iowa is ranked 24th in the RPI Standings and has played the 132nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Seth Tuttle (14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Wes Washpun (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Northern Iowa is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 212th) on 48.5% shooting (ranked 23rd). The Panthers shoot 37.9% from beyond the arc (ranked 49th) and only commit 11.2 turnovers per game (ranked 36th). Defensively, Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 55.2 ppg (ranked 7th) on 37.9% shooting (ranked 26th). The Panthers move their feet well on defensive as they only commit 16.0 fouls per game (ranked 36th). Northern Iowa is grabbing 24.35 defensive rpg (ranked 150th) and 31.59 total rpg (ranked 302nd).
The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
Missouri State has struggled in conference play and a trip to play Northern Iowa is probably not going to make things any better for the Bears. I think the strong Northern Iowa defensive shuts down Marcus Marshall and score enough to cover the spread. Take Northern Iowa to cover!