Northern Iowa vs. Southern Illinois - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Illinois (16-12) at Northern Iowa (22-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm (McLeod Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa -11.5 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Southern Illinois Salukis (16-12, CONF 10-5) and Northern Iowa Panthers (22-5, CONF 11-4) face off in a Missouri Valley showdown at the McLeod Center. Southern Illinois knocked off Northern Iowa by two points earlier this season.
The Salukis are starting to heat up at the right time, and they could be a real big problem in the conference tournament. Coming into this game Southern Illinois has won eight of their last ten games, and they were able to cover the spread in six of those games.
Away from home is where Southern Illinois has had a lot of issues winning only three of their 11 games, and the biggest issue has been with the offense averaging only 57.6 points per game. Southern Illinois is only shooting 38.1 percent from the field on the road.
Forward Marcus Domask is averaging 14.7 points while shooting 50 percent from the field for Southern Illinois.
Northern Iowa have had a lot of success this season, but they have lost each of their last two games, and failed to cover the spread in the last three.At home, Northern Iowa is averaging 76.5 points while shooting 48.4 percent from the field.
AJ Green is a sharpshooter for Northern Iowa, and the team goes where he leads them. Green is averaging 20.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
Green shoots 42.7 percent from the field, 41 percent from deep, and 92.6 percent from the free throw line.
Southern Illinois are 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine road games. Northern Iowa is 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games played on Sunday. The home team is 11-5-3 against the spread in the last 19 meetings between Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
The under is 7-1 in Southern Illinois’s last eight road games. The under is 7-1 in Northern Iowa’s last game Sunday games. The under is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings between Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois knows they need to keep the pace down in this game, and they will be using a lot of every shot clock. This game should go well under the total, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see each team finish with under 60 points.