Northern Iowa Panthers (2-5) at Evansville Aces (3-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Aces +6 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Evansville Purple Aces meet Sunday in college basketball action from Ford Center.
Northern Iowa enters this one at 2-6 so far. As for Evansville, they’re sitting at 4-5 overall. This will be a rematch of Saturday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, the Purple Aces managed a four-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northern Iowa opened up their year with three straight losses, falling to Western Kentucky, Saint Mary’s and Utah State. A win over St. Ambrose followed before losses to Richmond and Missouri State. The Panthers got a win over Missouri State in the next game, however.
In Saturday’s game, Northern Iowa trailed 32-28 at halftime and couldn’t make up the gap, falling 65-61 to the Aces. Tops in scoring for the Panthers was Austin Phyfe with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Trae Berhow notched a triple-double on 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Over on the Evansville side, they kicked off their year with three straight losses, falling to Louisville, Prairie View and TN-Martin. The Aces won their next two games over Eastern Illinois and SEMO before falling to Belmont and Southern Illinois. Evansville won December 28 versus Southern Illinois also.
In Saturday’s game, the Aces were able to maintain their halftime edge with a 33-33 showing in the second half to move to 4-5 on the year. Leading the way for Evansvilel was Evan Kuhlman with 21 points, four assists and two rebounds. Samari Curtis posted 14 points with four boards as well.
The Aces are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Sunday games and the under is 4-1 in their last five Sunday games. Evansville is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall and the under is 9-2 in their last 11 overall.
Meanwhile, Northern Iowa is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and the under is 9-1 in their last 10 Sunday games. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall.
PICK: I’m going to go with Northern Iowa here. The Panthers have scored pretty well most of the season, with 68 or more points in five of their first seven games. Sure, there have been dud outings here and there for Northern Iowa, but when they’re rolling they’ve got a good group of contributors. Saturday’s game was pretty flat in the first half for the Panthers, but they played better in the second. This should be a better game for Northern Iowa.