Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bruins and Panthers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Panthers at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA. Get ready to place your bets! This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 156.5 points, and the Panthers are favored to win at home vs. the Bruins.
BELMONT BRUINS VS NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Belmont Bruins +8.5
This game will be played at McLeod Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, November 29th.
WHY BET THE BELMONT BRUINS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Panthers.
- Even though we have Northern Iowa winning straight-up, we like Belmont at +8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 156.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Does Belmont Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?
Belmont comes into their 6th game of the season with a 2-3 overall record. Looking at their performance in the previous ten road games, Belmont has a 4-6 record on the road, going back to last year. As of today, Belmont has a 1-4 ATS record. In their previous ten games, which includes the previous season, Belmont is 3-6 vs. the spread.
So far, Belmont’s games have averaged 168.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 156.4 points. Looking at the Bruins’ last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 with their games averaging 82 points per game.
In their recent game, the Bruins’ offense concluded with 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 81.9 points per contest. For the season, the Belmont offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 48%. So far, they have hit 56% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.9 made three’s per contest.
Looking at the Belmont defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 83.7 points per game (232nd). The Belmont defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 69 points and allowed Lafayette to connect on 10 threes.
Pressure Builds for Northern Iowa as Home Favorites
Northern Iowa comes into their 6th game of the season with a 1-4 record. In their last three home games, including last year, Northern Iowa has a 1-2 record. Northern Iowa’s record vs. the spread thus far is 1-4 heading into today’s game. In their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.
So far, Northern Iowa’s games have averaged 145 points per game with the average over/under line being 141.1 points. When assessing the Panthers’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-0, with their games averaging 78 points per game.
The Panthers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 73 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 74 points per contest. Nate Heise is leading the team in scoring at 15 points per contest. Tytan Anderson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 10.8 going into the game.
At this time, the Panthers’ defense is positioned 106th in the country, permitting 70.2 points per game. Northern Iowa will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Stanford to just 36% shooting in their most recent game.