Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Valparaiso Crusaders at Northern Iowa Panthers

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Mcleod Center)

UNI -11.5 O/U 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Valparaiso Crusaders travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers. UNI comes in having won their last three games, the most recent dominating Missouri State winning 80-57 to improve their record to an impressive 14-2 on the season. Valparaiso beat the Drake Bulldogs 66-61 to improve their record on the season to 9-8.

The UNI offense comes in averaging 76.2 points per game which ranks 74th in the NCAA. UNI as a team is very efficient scoring the ball shooting 47.9% from the field and 37.9% from three which both rank in the top 25 of college basketball. The Panthers offense is led by sophomore guard AJ Green who averages 18.8 points per game and leads the team in assists with 3.1 per game. Sophomore forward Austin Phyfe leads the UNI frontcourt with 7.4 rebounds while adding 9.1 points per game.

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The Valparaiso offense comes in averaging 73.6 points per game to rank 127th in college basketball, Valparaiso struggles to score the ball efficiently shooting 43.6% from the field and 34.0% from the three-point line. Leading the Crusader offense is sophomore guard Javon Freeman who is by far the teams scoring leaders averaging g20.5 points per game and adding a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Freeman also leads the team in rebounds with 5.3 a game. Freeman is shooting 43.6% from the field and 33% from the three-point line.

UNI is also a solid defensive team allowing opponents to score 63.8 points per game which ranks 66th in college basketball while holding teams to 40.8% from the field and 32.3% from three. Valparaiso has allowed opponents to score 72 points per game to rank 247th in college basketball while allowing opponents to shoot 46.9% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc both of which rank near the bottom of the NCAA. 

UNI and Valparaiso have both been good bets this season with Vaparasio coming with an 11-5 record ATS and the UNI Panthers bringing a 10-4 ATS record this season. UNI has dominated Valparaiso in the last 5 matchups winning four of the last five games. Final score prediction, UNI boasts a solid offense and defense and will be able to handle Valparaiso at home winning in a 75-53 blow out victory for UNI.

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Lance’s Pick Northern Iowa Panthers -11.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.