Northern Iowa at Saint Louis - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Northern Iowa at Saint Louis - 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Louis Billikens (23-11) vs Northern Iowa Panthers (19-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)

Betting Odds: Saint Louis Billikens -4 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will play the Saint Louis Billikens in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 19-11 (14-4) this season and have won five of their last six games. Northern Iowa is coming off of a loss against Loyola by a score of 66-42. Northern Iowa only shot 23.2% from the field and was -10 in rebounding margin in the loss. AJ Green led the Panthers with 13 points and 6 rebounds in the game. Northern Iowa is averaging 74.4 points per game and is giving up 70.5 points per game against, while also averaging 32.7 rebounds per game and 11.6 assists per game. AJ Green is averaging 18.8 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game, while Noah Carter is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 45.9% on field goals, 79% on free throws, and 35% on three pointers.

The Saint Louis Billikens are 23-11 (12-6) this season and have won four of their last five games. Saint Louis lost to Davidson by a score of 84-69 in their last game. Saint Louis allowed Davidson to shoot 50.9% from the field and gave up 10 made three pointers in the loss. Yuri Collins led the Billikens with 13 points and 7 assists in the game. Saint Louis is averaging 76.4 points per game and is giving up 67.5 points per game against, while also averaging 38.6 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game. Gibson Jimerson is averaging 16.2 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game, while Yuri Collins is averaging 11.1 points per game and 7.9 assists per game for the Billikens. Saint Louis is shooting 46% on field goals, 76.3% on free throws, and 37.1% on three pointers.

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Northern Iowa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 10-4 in Northern Iowa’s last 14 road games. Saint Louis is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 6-2 in Saint Louis’ last 8 games.

Northern Iowa finished first in the MVC this season, while Saint Louis finished fifth in the A-10. Both teams have played well to finish the season, but Saint Louis is the slightly better team here. I like the Billikens to win here.

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David’s Pick Saint Louis -4

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