Northern Iowa vs. Drake - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Drake Bulldogs (19-13) at Northern Iowa Panthers (25-5)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -8 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Drake Bulldogs (19-13, 9-10 MVC) meet with the Northern Iowa Panthers (25-5, 14-4 MVC) in St. Louis, MO for a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game at the Enterprise Center. Northern Iowa beat Drake in both of the games they played this season by a combined 37 points.
Drake is 4-6 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games. Drake is 9-10 straight up and 8-11 against the spread in conference games this season. Drake has scored 69.3 points per game and allows 67.8 points per game to opponents, and the Bulldogs have shot 43.2% from the field, 34.5% from 3 and 65.4% from the free-throw line in those games.
Drake is just 1-4 in its last 5 games but managed to defeat Illinois State 75-65 as a 4 ½-point favorite in the first round of the conference tournament. Drake is ranked 186th by KenPom, with the 196th ranked offense and 175th ranked defense in the country. Drake is led by Sophomore forward Liam Robbins, who averages 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, and Junior guard Roman Penn, who averages 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Northern Iowa is 8-2 straight up and 6-3-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. Northern Iowa is 14-4 straight up and 10-7-1 against the spread in conference games this season. Northern Iowa has scored 75.8 points per game and surrendered 64.3 points per game to opponents, and the Panthers have shot 48.2% from the field, 39.6% from 3 and 76% from the free-throw line in those games.
Northern Iowa is 3-2 in their last 5 games, and the Panthers defeated Drake 70-43 as a 3-point road favorite in their last game. Northern Iowa is ranked 38th by KenPom, with the 18th ranked offense and 93rd ranked defense in the nation. Northern Iowa is led by Sophomore guard AJ Green, who averages 19.7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game, and Sophomore forward Austin Phyfe, who averages 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Northern Iowa has mopped the floor with Drake in both of their match-ups this season, and with their high-powered offense leading the way, I don’t see this game going any differently for the Panthers. I’ll lay the points with Northern Iowa in this one.