Northern Iowa vs. Evansville - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (25-8) vs. Northern Iowa Panthers (21-12)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -1-- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Evansville Purple Aces face off on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference college basketball tournament championship game.
The Northern Iowa Panthers are 21-12 this season and they land in this game after beating Wichita State in overtime on Saturday. Northern Iowa is averaging 68.4 points per game and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Wes Washpun leads UNI averaging 14 points and 5.4 assists per game. Matt Bohannon is averaging 12.2 points, Paul Jesperson is averaging 11.2 points, and Jeremy Morgan is averaging 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Northern Iowa is 10-5 in MVC play this season.
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The Evansville Purple Aces are 25-8 this season and they made it to this spot after beating Indiana State on Saturday. Evansville is averaging 74.9 points per game and they are shooting 49.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. D.J. Balentine leads the Purple Aces averaging 20.8 points per game. Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 16.5 points and 14.1 rebounds, Jaylon Brown is averaging 10.5 points, and Adam Wing is averaging 8.0 points. Evansville is 12-6 in the MVC this season but lost both games against Northern Iowa.
Northern Iowa is 10-1-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, 11-3-1 against the spread in their last 15 neutral site games, and 6-0-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Evansville is 5-2-2 against the spread in their last nine neutral site games, 2-6 against the spread against the MVC, and 2-7 against the spread following a win.
I see Evansville as the better team here and we are going to get nice value after NIU’s win over Wichita State on Saturday.