The Northern Iowa Panthers and Drake Bulldogs meet Wednesday in college basketball action at The Knapp Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Northern Iowa Panthers Betting Preview
The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 70.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Bowen Born is averaging 18.8 points and 2.8 assists, while Tytan Anderson is averaging 13.2 points and 9.4 rebounds. Nate Heise is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Duax is dishing 1.3 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.9 rebounds per game.
The Drake Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 74 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Tucker Devries is averaging 18.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Roman Penn is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists. Garrett Sturtz is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Darnell Brodie is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Drake Bulldogs are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game.
Northern Iowa vs Drake Trends
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Panthers last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 21-6-2 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Drake Bulldogs have been the better team this season, and they're getting stronger, which includes winning their last 5 games by an average of 15.6 points. Drake wins in the favorite role by an average of 8.4 points. The Northern Iowa Panthers have had issues all year playing better competition. I'll lay the chalk.