Missouri State at Northern Iowa - 2/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Missouri State at Northern Iowa - 2/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader / USA TODAY NETWORK

Northern Iowa Panthers (15-10) vs Missouri State Bears (20-8)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm (McLeod Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Missouri State Bears will travel to play the Northern Iowa Panthers in a MVC game on Sunday.

The Missouri State Bears are 20-8 (11-4) this season and have won three games in a row. Missouri State is coming off of a win against Indiana State by a score of 79-70. Missouri State shot 43.3% from the field and was +10 in rebounding margin in the game. Gaige Prim led the Bears with 32 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Missouri State is averaging 77.3 points per game and is giving up 67 points per game against, while also averaging 35.2 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Isiaih Mosley is averaging 20 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, while Gaige Prim is averaging 15.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Bears. Missouri State is shooting 48.2% on field goals, 79.8% on free throws, and 38.5% on three pointers.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 15-10 (11-4) this season and have won six of their last seven games. Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State by a score of 72-70 in their last game. Northern Iowa shot 45.8% from the field and forced 10 turnovers in the win. Noah Carter led the Panthers with 23 points and 3 assists in the game. Northern Iowa is averaging 73 points per game and is giving up 69.2 points per game against, while also averaging 33.4 rebounds per game and 11.4 assists per game. AJ Green is averaging 18.4 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Noah Carter is averaging 14.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 45.4% on field goals, 78.6% on free throws, and 34.7% on three pointers.

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Missouri State is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog. The over is 9-4 in Missouri State’s last 13 games. Northern Iowa is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The over is 6-2 in Northern Iowa’s last 8 home games. The road team is 33-15-1 ATS in these two teams last 49 head to head meetings.

These two teams, along with Loyola Chicago, are tied for first place in the conference standings. Both teams come into this game playing good basketball, but Missouri State has the edge in most stats. This should be a close game that could go either way, so I am taking the points.

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David’s Pick Missouri State +2.5

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