Toledo Rockets (5-3) vs. Northern Iowa Panthers (3-4)
December 6, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers +2.5 / Toledo Rockets -2.5; Over/Under: +155.5
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The Toledo Rockets and the Northern Iowa Panthers meet in college basketball action from the McLeod Center on Tuesday night.
The Toledo Rockets will be looking to bounce back from an 80-73 loss to George Mason last time out. JT Shumate leads Toledo in scoring with 18.9 PPG and 3.6 RPG while RayJ Dennis has 17.6 PPG with a team-high 5.9 APG to lead the Rockets in assists up to this point in the season. Setric Millner Jr. has 15.8 PPG and a team-high 7.9 RPG to lead the Rockets on the glass while Dante Maddox Jr. has 10.6 PPG with 3.3 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Toledo up to this point in the year. As a team, Toledo is averaging 85.1 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 37.2% from three point range and 76.9% from the foul line this season.
The Northern Iowa Panthers will hope to build on a 72-55 win over Evansville last time out. Bowen Born leads the Panthers in scoring and assists with 21.7 PPG and 2.9 APG while Tytan Anderson has 13.4 PPG with a team-high 9.9 RPG to lead the Panthers on the glass. Nate Heise has 12 PPG to round out the group double-digit scorers for the Panthers up to this point in the year. As a team, Northern Iowa is averaging 72 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 36.4% from three point range and 63.2% from the foul line this season.
Toledo is 22-10 ATS in their last 32 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. Northern Iowa is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
This has potential to be an awesome game, but while I’ve had issues with Toledo’s defense, there’s no denying that they’re the more consistent offense here and they’re up against a Northern Iowa defense that’s not that much better than Toledo’s from an efficiency perspective. I just think that Toledo’s the better option here, so I’ll side with the Rockets in this game.