Northern Iowa vs. Evansville - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Evansville (9-20) at Northern Iowa (23-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa -17 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Evansville Purple Aces (9-20, CONF 0-16) and Northern Iowa Panthers (23-5, CONF 12-4) face off in a Missouri Valley showdown at the McLeod Center. Northern Iowa knocked off Evansville 80-68 on the first day of February.
Evansville earlier this season knocked off the Kentucky Wildcats earlier this season, but that was the only bright spot for this team. Evansville is still looking for their first win in conference play, and at this point it looks like it might never happen. Over the last ten games Evansville has only covered four spreads.
Away from home, Evansville is averaging only 60.7 points per game while the defense is giving up 70.9. Evansville is led by forward DeAndre Williams who is averaging 15.8 points and shooting 66 percent from the field.
Northern Iowa has had a lot of success this season, but they can’t have any more slip ups if they want to make the NCAA tournament. Over the last nine games Northern Iowa has only two losses, but those came in their last three games.
At home this season Northern Iowa has averaged 75.5 points per game while the defense has given up 65 points.
The Panthers are led by guard AJ Green who is averaging 19.8 points while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. In Green’s last game he only put nine points, but the team was able to overcome it.
Green is going to be an x-factor if Northern Iowa wants to win this game in blowout fashion.
Evansville is 1-11-1 against the spread in the last 13 Wednesday games. Northern Iowa is 7-2-1 against the spread in the last 10 games played on Wednesday. Northern Iowa is 15-5-2 against the spread in the last 22 home games. The favorite is 7-1-1 against the spread in the last nine games played between Northern Iowa and Evansville. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between Northern Iowa and Evansville.
Northern Iowa is the better team and they are going to make a statement in this game with a blowout win. Look for AJ Green to have a big game, and he will lead the home squad to a win and cover of the spread.