The Missouri Valley Conference Tourney battle between the UNI Panthers (25-5, 14-4 MVC) and the Drake Bulldogs (19-13, 9-10 MVC) will take place at Enterprise Center. Action starts at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Drake Bulldogs vs. UNI Panthers ATS Preview
The Bulldogs defeated the Illinois State Redbirds in their last outing, 75-65. With 17 points and eight rebounds, Drake’s Garrett Sturtz put together a solid performance. Drake dominated every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.211) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.615 (above their season average of 0.521). For those same stats, Illinois State was 0.204 and 0.500, respectively.
The last time the Panthers played it was against the Bulldogs. The Panthers won 70-43. The Panthers have now won both contests against the Bulldogs this season. The Panthers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 6.9 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.7. The Bulldogs were 13.4 and 14.6, respectively, for those same stats. AJ Green was a top performer in the victory, with 34 points.
UNI should have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Panthers currently rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while Drake ranks 165th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Bulldogs rank 311th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.4 percent), while the Panthers rank 14th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.9 percent).
Drake Bulldogs vs. UNI Panthers ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UNI, ATS Winner – UNI, O/U – Under
The Bulldogs rank 180th in steals per game (5.7) while the Panthers rank 243rd (4.7).
UNI allows the 10th-fewest blocks per game (2.2) while Drake ranks 33rd (2.5).
UNI ranks 68th in rebounds per game (37.5) while Drake ranks 229th (33.5).
The Bulldogs rank 29th in assists per game (15.1) while the Panthers rank 175th (12.4).
UNI ranks 92nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while Drake ranks 194th in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.4, down from 11.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 61.6 points per game (7.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (1.6 below their season average).