Northern Iowa vs. Illinois State - 2/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa vs. Illinois State - 2/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois State Redbirds (8-16) at Northern Iowa Panthers (21-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -16 -- Over/Under: 140

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The Illinois State Redbirds and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the McLeod Center.

The Illinois State Redbirds need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 66.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Zach Copeland is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 assists while Jaycee Hillsman is averaging 8.9 points and 1.2 assists. DJ Horne is dishing 1.2 assists and Keith Fisher III is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds haven’t won a road game this season. 

The Northern Iowa Panthers look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 77 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 20 points and 3.3 rebounds while Trae Berhow is averaging 14 points and 5.4 rebounds. Austin Phyfe is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Haldeman is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers haven’t lost a home game this season. 

The Redbirds are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Panthers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Redbirds last 4 overall. The over is 13-3 in Panthers last 16 overall. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Illinois State Redbirds are a struggling basketball team that loses at home by an average of 13.7 points, shooting 40.9 percent from the field and is 1-8 ATS on the road and 7-16 ATS on the season. The Northern Iowa Panthers are 16-5-1 ATS on the season and wins at home by an average of 15.2 points while shooting 49.8 percent from the field. We have a team you should be blindly fading against a team you should be blindly backing. I'll lay the chalk with the Northern Iowa Panthers at home.

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Randy’s Pick Northern Iowa Panthers -16

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