Evansville Purple Aces (16-11) at Northern Iowa Panthers (12-14)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -5 -- Over/Under: 121
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The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Evansville Purple Aces dropped to 16-11 (6-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 72-55, this past Saturday. Evansville struggled offensively against the tough Missouri State defensive and couldn’t fight back after the Bears took a 45-29 lead with 16:16 left in regulation. Evansville shot just 37.3% from the field and 30.8% (4-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was Dru Smith who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Evansville is averaging 67.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 43.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Evansville has been led by Ryan Taylor (21.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), Dru Smith (13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.2 spg), Blake Simmons (11.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and K.J. Riley (7.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average 65.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Northern Iowa Panthers dropped to 12-14 (4-10 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 71-64, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa struggled from beyond the arc and couldn’t fight back after 9-3 Bulldogs run gave Drake a 57-49 lead with 6:12 left in regulation. Northern Iowa shot 37.9% from the field and just 25.8% (8-31) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Wyatt Lohaus who had 17 points, 1 rebound, and 2 assists. On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 64.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Iowa has been led by Bennett Koch (12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Tywhon Pickford (9.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Klint Carlson (9.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Wyatt Lohaus (9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Northern Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Purple Aces are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, just 10-25 ATS in their last 35 games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Evansville has played better as of late, winning 4 of their last 6 games, and has been led by their defense that comes into this matchup ranked 25th in scoring defense and 124th in defensive FG%. Northern Iowa has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although they have a defense ranked T-10th in scoring defense, the Panthers have really struggled on the offensive end as they rank just 333rd in scoring offense and 309th in FG%. Both teams can really struggle scoring the basketball as they showed in Evansville 57-49 victory at home a couple of weeks ago and as I think this is going to be another low-scoring, close battle, I’m going to take Evansville and the points in this one.