Drake at Northern Iowa: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Drake at Northern Iowa: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Iowa Panthers (7-14) vs Drake Bulldogs (20-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers +5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Drake Bulldogs and Northern Iowa Panthers face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at McLeod Center.

The Drake Bulldogs have been impressive this season and coming into this game they sit with a 20-2 record overall. Last weekend, against Loyola Chicago, Drake lost the first game, but they got some revenge on Sunday, winning the game in overtime. Drake on the season is averaging 77.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 63.5 points per game. Drake is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from behind the three point line. ShanQuan Hemphill has been the best player for Drake averaging 14.1 points while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. In this game, Drake needs to get out to a fast start and not let Northern Iowa stick around. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Iowa Panthers who sit with a 7-14 record overall and they have lost two of their last three games.Each of the two losses the offense has been a big issue and they need the offense to be better. Northern Iowa on the season is averaging 66.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 72.9 points per game. Northern Iowa is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Trae Berhow has been the best player for Northern Iowa averaging 13.1 points while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Drake is 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 games overall. Northern Iowa is 7-18-1 Northern Iowa is 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 games overall. The favorite is 20-4-2 against the spread in the last 26 meetings played between the two teams. The home team is 6-2-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings played between the two teams. 

Drake is the better team and they are going to have no issue getting the job done in this game. Look for Drake to run up the score, Northern Iowa is going to have no answer, and that will lead to Drake coming away with a cover of the spread.

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