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Northern Iowa vs. Indiana State - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State at Northern Iowa
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
McLeod Center
Cedar Falls, Iowa
The Line
The Line: Northern Iowa -1.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
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The Indiana State Sycamores and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the McLeod Center.

The Indiana State Sycamores look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Indiana State Sycamores are averaging 69.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jordan Barnes is averaging 17.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while Tyreke Key is averaging 16.1 points and 1.7 assists. Christian Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Emondre Rickman is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Indiana State Sycamores are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana State Sycamores are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Indiana State Sycamores have split their last six road games.

The Northern Iowa Panthers need a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 62.1 points on 38.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 14.9 points and 2.1 assists while Wyatt Lohaus is averaging 9.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. Trae Berhow is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Isaiah Brown is dishing 1.7 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won four of their last seven home games.

The Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Missouri Valley and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Panthers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Missouri Valley and 22-45-3 ATS in their last 70 games overall. The Sycamores are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Northern Iowa and 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Panthers last 10 overall. The under is 4-0 in Sycamores last 4 overall.

Neither of these teams are teams I'm trying to get behind due to the inconsistent play, but I'm certainly not going to lay chalk with a Northern Iowa club that's shooting under 40 percent on the season and is 3-11-1 ATS. I don't care if they're at home, this isn't a team that should be favored by any amount against any team in its current form. The Indiana State Sycamores have won the last three meetings against NIU and has had some success on the road with wins in three of its last six tries. I wouldn't bet this game personally, but if forced to pick, I want the free bucket with the Sycamores as a fade against Northern Iowa.

Indiana State +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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