Illinois State at Northern Iowa: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Northern Iowa Panthers (9-15) vs Illinois State Redbirds (7-17)
Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:08 pm (Enterprise Center)
Betting Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Illinois State Redbirds and Northern Iowa Panthers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Scottrade Center.
These two teams just faced off last weekend and Northern Iowa was able to come away with wins in each of the two games. The last game it took overtime, but Northern Iowa was able to come away with the 94-87 victory.
The Illinois State Redbirds come into this game with a 7-17 record overall and they have lost two games in a row. Before that two game losing streak they had gone 2-2. Illinois State on the season is averaging 67.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 73.8 points per game. Illinois State is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from behind the three point line. Guard DJ Horne has been the best player for Illinois State averaging 15.3 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Iowa Panthers who sit with a 9-15 record overall but they have won those last two games over Illinois State. This has been a program that has been built for March and maybe they are about to go on a run. Northern Iowa is averaging 68.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 73 points per game. Trae Berhow has been the best player for Northern Iowa averaging 13.2 points while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from behind the three point line.
Illinois State is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The under is 9-3 in Northern Iowa’s last 12 games overall. The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings played between Northern Iowa and Illinois State.
Northern Iowa is the better team, but I think this is one that Illinois State can keep close. Look for Illinois State to find enough offense to keep this game close and cover the spread.