Northern Iowa vs Indiana State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Northern Iowa Panthers (19-13) vs Indiana State Sycamores (27-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: Indiana State Sycamores -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers and the Indiana State Sycamores meet Saturday in Missouri Valley Tournament college basketball action from Enterprise Center. Let’s get into our Northern Iowa vs. Indiana State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Northern Iowa Panthers

The Panthers started out on a 12-8 run through their first 20 games this year, then hit a rough 1-4 stretch last month. Northern Iowa has since gone 6-1 in their last seven outings however, beating Valparaiso, Bradley, Drake, Valparaiso again, Southern Illinois and Belmont.

In the Friday tournament matchup versus Belmont, the Panthers came out of the break with a 37-32 edge. Northern Iowa kept the pace from there on a 30-30 run for a 67-62 win. Titan Anderson was the team’s leading scorer with 19 points and 19 rebounds with three steals.

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Indiana State Sycamores

Over on the Sycamores’ side, they kicked off their year with just three losses in the first 25 games. After losses to Illinois State and Southern Illinois, Indiana State bounced back with wins over Valparaiso, UIC, Evansville, Murray State and Missouri State in the next five.

Matched up against Missouri State in the tournament game on Friday, the Sycamores were up 34-31 going into the locker room. Indiana State finished off on a 41-28 run and took the big win 75-59. Top scorer Ryan Conwell put up 20 points with six rebounds, three steals and three assists.


I’ll probably lean toward the Sycamores here. Indiana State took out a middling Missouri State team without too many issues on Friday thanks to a hot second half. The Sycamores shot 44.4 percent from the field with 23 assists in that one during a pretty solid overall effort (despite a 39-36 rebounding deficit). The Sycamores have scored 75 or more points in five straight games now—all wins.

In the last meeting between these teams on January 7, Indiana State powered out a 77-66 victory. The Sycamores scored 44 points in the first half in that one and ended up shooting a nice 48.1 percent from the field. The 14 turnovers (for 13 Panthers points) were the only real blemish. I like the Sycamores to post another strong effort in a cover here, but it should be a fun, competitive game.

Andrew’s Pick Indiana State Sycamores -7.5

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