Northern Iowa vs USF Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/19/23

South Florida Bulls (1-1) vs Northern Iowa Panthers (1-1)

Game Info: Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 5:00 pm (Yuengling Center)

Betting Odds: South Florida Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will play the South Florida Bulls on Sunday night at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. Northern Iowa has split their first two games of the year, while South Florida is also 1-1 through two games. 

Northern Iowa Preview

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 1-1 this season after they defeated Loras by a score of 90-50 in their last game. Northern Iowa led 47-19 at halftime and added 43 more points in the second half for the easy win. The Panthers shot 53.4% from the field and made 13 three pointers in the game. Northern Iowa lost to North Texas by a score of 83-77 in their season opener. The Panthers are scoring 83.5 points per game with 41 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per game, while giving up 66.5 points against per game this season. Nate Heise is averaging 16.5 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game for UNI. The Panthers are shooting 49.2% from the field, 55% on free throws, and 38.9% on three pointers this year. 

South Florida Preview

The South Florida Bulls are 1-1 this year after they lost to Central Michigan by a score of 68-63 in their last game. South Florida only scored 29 points in the first half and they allowed 37 points in the second half for the loss. The Bulls shot 31.6% from the field and went 1-17 on three pointers in the game. South Florida defeated South Carolina State by a score of 96-52 in their first game. The Bulls are scoring 79.5 points per game with 36.5 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per game, while allowing 60 points against per game this year. Chris Youngblood has led the Bulls this year with 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per game. USF is shooting 43% from the field, 80.7% on free throws, and 22% on three pointers this season.

Pick

Both of these teams are only playing in their third game of the season, so we don’t know much about either team, but Northern Iowa has been the better offensive team through two games. The Panthers are scoring 83.5 points per game and they are shooting 49.2% from the field, while South Florida is only shooting 43% on field goals. South Florida is only allowing 60 points against per game, but they only shot 31% from the field in their last game. This South Florida offense worries me and I think we are going to see a lower scoring game here. Take the under in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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