Drake vs Northern Iowa Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

Northern Iowa (15-13) vs Drake (23-5)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 6:00 pm (McLeod Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Iowa -1.5 - Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Drake Bulldogs will make the in-state trip up to Cedar Falls to face the Northern Iowa Panthers in MVC play from the McLeod Center on ESPN+. UNI leads the current series, 49-23, but Drake comes in as 1.5-point road favorites, with the total sitting at 143. Stay tuned for our Drake vs Northern Iowa Prediction. 

Drake Bulldogs Preview

Drake jumped to 23-5 after defeating Belmont at home, 84-69. The Bulldogs avenged a road loss to the Bruins with a wire-to-wire victory, and they’ll look to sweep their in-state rivals this Saturday. Drake is currently first in the MVC with a 14-3 record in league play, and they’re 8-2 over their last ten games, with a 5-4 road record. 

Drake’s Impact Players

  • Junior swingman Tucker DeVries has hit the 21-point mark in five of his last six outings, and he leads Drake in scoring (20.8) and assists (3.5), while grabbing 6.6 rpg. 
  • CSUN transfer Atin Wright came thru with a game-high 26 points in the road win over Evansville, and he’s second on the team at 14.2 ppg. 
  • Newark native Darnell Brodie has scored 14 points or more in four of his last six games, and he leads the Bulldogs in rebounding (8.3), while scoring 12.0 ppg.  

Northern Iowa Panthers Preview

Northern Iowa enters at 14-12 after defeating Valparaiso on the road, 86-67. The Panthers cruised in their double digit victory over the Beacons, and they’ll attempt to avoid trading a fifth straight game here against the Braves. UNI is currently 6th in the MVC with a 9-8 record in league play, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games, with a 9-3 record in Cedar Falls.  

Northern Iowa’s Impact Players 

  • Junior guard Nate Heise went for a team-high 20 points in Illinois State matchup, and he leads Northern Iowa in scoring (13.9), while grabbing 6.2 rpg. 
  • Veteran guard Bowen Born has been inconsistent since picking up an injury at the end of January, but he remains second on the team at 13.2 ppg.  
  • Third-year swingman Tytan Anderson grabbed 12 boards in the win over Bradley, and he leads Northern Iowa in rebounding (6.3), while chipping in 11.6 ppg.

Drake vs Northern Iowa Team Stats

  • Drake is scoring 80.1 points per game, on 48.7% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg.
  • The Bulldogs are averaging 70.6 possessions per game (188th), while shooting 36.7% from deep, and 75.1% from the line. 
  • Northern Iowa has scored 72.8 points per game, on 45.8% shooting, and they’ve allowed 71.0 ppg.
  • The Panthers are averaging 68.8 possessions per game (274th), while shooting 34.7% from the outside, and 71.2% from the stripe. 

Drake vs Northern Iowa Trends

  • DRA is 14-13 against the spread, with a 13-13-1 over/under record
  • UNI is 13-14 against the spread, with a 12-15 O/U record

Drake vs Northern Iowa Prediction

Drake is clinging to a narrow lead atop the conference, and with a talented Indiana State squad breathing down their neck, I believe they’ll rise to the win occasion here against Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs will have advantages in size and experience, and if they can make the UNI backcourt uncomfortable, they can head back to Des Moines with a victory. The Panthers have faded down the stretch, and this feels like a manageable spot for tourney-hopeful Bulldogs. Back Drake for this MVC battle.

Corey’s Pick Drake To WIN

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