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Northern Iowa vs. Valparaiso - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Valparaiso at Northern Iowa
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
McLeod Center
Cedar Falls, IA
The Line
Northern Iowa -5 / over-under: 127
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The Valparaiso Crusaders travel to the Northern Iowa Crusaders in college basketball action on Saturday.

The Valparaiso Crusaders evened their record at 14-14 on the year after upending visiting Southern Illinois 55-52 on Wednesday night.

Valparaiso is in the bottom third of the Missouri Valley with their offense generally struggling to reach the 60 point plateau.

Derrik Smits led the Crusaders attack with eleven points and four pulls with Deion Lavender adding ten points and seven rebounds.

Valpo received eight points and three yanks from Javon Freeman followed by Jaume Sorolla who contributed another eight points.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are eyeing a 4thconsecutive victory after logging a 63-43 victory against Missouri State on Wednesday.

Northern Iowa has cracked the top four with their three game winning streak where both ends of the floor have been contributing.

Wyatt Lohaus poured in 22 points to lead all scorers and totaled six boards while Isaiah Brown gave the Panthers 15 points and six rebounds.

UNI saw 12 points and four pulls from Spencer Haldeman followed by A J Green who tossed in. ten points and grabbed three boards.

Valparaiso Crusaders are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and Valparaiso Crusaders are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Northern Iowa Panthers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and Northern Iowa Panthers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Missouri Valley.

Northern Iowa has looked exceptional of late and I’ll go with the hot hand…

Pick:
Northern Iowa -5

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