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Indiana State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (10-7) at Indiana State Sycamores (9-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hulman Center)

The Line: Indiana State Sycamores +1.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers was able to snap their two game losing streak and improved to 10-7 (2-2 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 77-44, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa was outstanding defensively in the victory and had little trouble securing the win after building a 21-point halftime lead. Northern Iowa shot 48.2% from the field and 88.9% (16-18) from the FT line. The Panthers held the Bulldogs to 35.6% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-6 margin. Leading the way for Northern Iowa was Matt Bohannon who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Wes Washpun (15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg 5.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Matt Bohannon (12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg), and Paul Jesperson (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg). Offensively, Northern Iowa is averaging 73.5 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field and 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

Indiana State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana State Sycamores won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-7 (3-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, 77-65, this past Saturday. Indiana State was down by a 34-28 margin at halftime but used a 26-12 run to start to second half to gain the lead and get the win. Indiana State shot 40.0% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Sycamores held the Redbirds to 38.1% shooting and outrebounded Illinois State by a 45-33 margin. Leading the way for Indiana State was Brenton Scott who had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Devonte Brown (15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Brenton Scott (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Khristian Smith (10.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 69.3 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field and 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Sycamores average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.93. Defensively, Indiana State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Panthers are 15-5-3 ATS in their last 23 vs. MVC opponents however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sycamores are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-0 ATS In their last 5 games following a ATS win.

Northern Iowa is still one of the better teams in the MVC however, they’ve struggled on the road recently losing to both Southern Illinois and Missouri State. Indiana State hasn’t had a big victory yet this season but has played well at home and was also competitive against Valparaiso and Butler earlier this season. Northern Iowa is one of the better shooting teams in the country but until they can show that they can get done on the road, I just don’t love them as a road favorite against a team that generally plays well at home. I’m taking Indiana State and the points. 

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