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Illinois State vs. Northern Iowa - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa at Illinois State
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Redbird Arena
Normal, IL
The Line
Illinois State -5.5 / over-under: 134.5
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The Northern Iowa Panthers go on the road to face the Illinois State Redbirds in MVC college basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers fell to 1-1 in the Missouri Valley after a 58-51 defeat to visiting Southern Illinois Saturday as a two point underdog.

Northern Iowa lost the battle of marksmanship 45%-31.5% and saw the Salukis sink eight more free throws to negate 14 more shot attempts.

Justin Dahl kept the Panthers competitive with 16 points and four helpers followed by an eleven point, eleven rebound effort from Trae Barlow.

UNI received seven points, seven boards and two steals from Luke McDowell while Wyatt Lohaus and Isaiah Brown followed by Miles Wentzien with four points and ten rebounds.

The Illinois State Redbirds picked up a 58-46 win against visiting Evansville on Saturday as a six point favorite. Defense was the name of the game with Illinois State holding a 39%-32.7% shooting edge with 16 Purple aces giveaways resulting in ten more shots.

Phil Fayne carried the Redbirds attack with a contest high 20 points and seven boards while Milik Yarbrough added 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Illinois State saw Zach Copeland contributed eleven points, six boards and four helpers while Keyshawn Evans chipped in with nine points.

Northern Iowa are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games and under is 6-2 in Northern Iowa last 8 overall and Northern Iowa are 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 road games. Illinois State Redbirds are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Missouri Valley and Illinois State Redbirds are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and Illinois State Redbirds are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. Favorite is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Illinois State has been less then impressive at times so this might be a bit of a stretch…

Illinois State -5.5

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