Valparaiso vs. Northern Iowa - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso vs. Northern Iowa - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Iowa Panthers (19-3) at Valparaiso Crusaders (12-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders +4 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers and Valparaiso Crusaders meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Northern Iowa Panthers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 77.4 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 19.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while Trae Berhow is averaging 14.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. Austin Phyfe is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Haldeman is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won six of their last eight road games.

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The Valparaiso Crusaders look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 73.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Javon Freeman-Liberty is averaging 19.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while Ryan Fazekas is averaging 10.3 points and 0.5 assists. Donovan Clay is dishing 1.1 assists and Mileek McMillan is grabbing three rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Valparaiso Crusaders have won four straight home games.

The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Crusaders are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog. The over is 7-0 in Panthers last 7 road games. The under is 15-5 in Crusaders last 20 home games. The favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Northern Iowa Panthers have been one of the more consistent teams in the country and are an impressive 14-5-1 ATS on the season. The Valparaiso Crusaders have been up and down overall, but they've won four straight at home where they win by an average of 9.8 points and are 6-1-1 ATS. The Valparaiso Crusaders hung around with Northern Iowa on the road a couple of weeks ago, shooting 49 percent from the field. I'll take the home dog in this contest.

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Randy’s Pick Valparaiso Crusaders +4

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