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North Dakota vs. Northern Iowa - 11/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (3-1) at North Dakota Sioux (2-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

The Line: North Dakota Sioux +10 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds

TV: Midco Sports Network

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday afternoon.

The Northern Iowa Panthers improved to 3-1 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the D-III Dubuque Spartans, 83-63, this past Wednesday. Northern Iowa used a 15-2 run in the first half to take control of the game and only allowed the Spartans to come within single digits once in the 2nd half. Northern Iowa shot 55.6% from the field and 45.8% from three-point range in the victory. The Panthers held the Spartans to just 26.5% (9-34) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Dubuque by a 42-28 margin. Leading the way for Northern Iowa was Wes Washpun who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Wes Washpun (19.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.0 apg), Jeremy Morgan (14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.8 spg), and Matt Bohannon (14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Offensively, Northern Iowa is averaging 75.5 ppg on 48.6% shooting. The Panthers average 10.0 three-pointers per game on 40.4% shooting. Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing an average of 68.5 ppg on 41.9% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

North Dakota vs. Northern Iowa - 11/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The North Dakota Fighting Hawks lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 2-3 (0-0 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Youngstown State Penguins this past Monday. North Dakota allowed Youngstown State to go on a 14-4 run late in the 2nd half that put the game out of reach for the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota shot 39.3% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc. The Fighting Hawks allowed the Penguins to shoot 55.7% from the field and committed 14 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for North Dakota was Quinton Hooker who had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the Fighting Hawks have been led by Quinton Hooker (17.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.4 apg), Cortez Seales (13.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg), and Drick Bernstine (8.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Offensively, North Dakota is averaging 73.8 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Fighting Hawks average 6.0 three-pointers per game and 12.2 apg. Defensively, North Dakota is allowing an average of 71.6 ppg on 45.4% shooting. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The Panthers are 7-1-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 14-4-3 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. win. The Fighting Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MVC however, just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.

Northern Iowa had a rough start of their season as their home-winning streak was snapped by Colorado State, but rebounded as well as they possibility could by beating the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. North Dakota lost their top eight scorers from their 8-22 team last season and have a great player in Quinton Hooker. North Dakota can been a tough place to play and although Quinton Hooker might cause some trouble for the Panthers, Northern Iowa is just too talented for the Fighting Hawks and I think they use their deadly long-range shooting to score enough to cover this spread. Take Northern Iowa to cover. 

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