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Drake vs. Northern Iowa - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Iowa at Drake
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Knapp Center
Des Moines, IA
The Line
Drake Bulldogs -6 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Drake Bulldogs meet in MVC college basketball action from the Knapp Center on Saturday evening.

The Northern Iowa Panthers come into this game looking to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 79-71 loss to Bradley in their last outing. AJ Green led UNI with 24 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 4 threes while Wyatt Lohaus added 12 points as the only other Panther to score in double figures in the losing effort. Trae Berhow added 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the loss for the Panthers. Green leads Northern Iowa with an average of 15 points and 2.1 assists per game while Berhow leads the Panthers in rebounding with an average of 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northern Iowa is averaging 65.7 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the 3-point line and 72.9% from the foul line this season.

The Drake Bulldogs will also try to get some consistency going after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following an 86-64 loss to Loyola-Chicago in their last outing. Brady Ellingson led Drake with 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting from 3-point range while Noah Thomas added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 5 assists. Tremell Murphy added 13 points with a team-high 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Drake in the win while Nick McGlynn added 6 points with 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. McGlynn leads Drake with an average of 15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while D.J.Wilkins leads the Bulldogs in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Drake is averaging 76 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 36.6% from 3-point range and 72.5% from the foul line this season.

Northern Iowa is 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 11-27-3 ATS in their last 41 games following a loss while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Drake is 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games. The favorite is 16-3-2 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

I distinctly remember getting burned by Drake the last time these two teams met, as Northern Iowa held on for a 3-point win. However, the Panthers haven’t been the same team on the road that they’ve been at home and have had issues following up a loss with a positive performance. Drake has been one of the best in the country against the number all season, and the line here isn’t too bad so given how much success the favorite has had in this matchup, I’m going to lay the points with Drake in this one.

Pick:
Drake -6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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