Planning on watching today’s Bulldogs and Panthers game? Catch the action at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. Drake is favored by -1.5 in this Missouri Valley conference contest against Northern Iowa. The game’s over/under currently sits at 143 points.

DRAKE BULLDOGS VS NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers +1.5

This game will be played at McLeod Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Northern Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Drake Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Drake is coming off an 84-69 win over Belmont and has won five straight games. On the road, the Bulldogs have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games and are 6-5 overall this season.

For the year, Drake has gone 20-4 when favored, and they are 23-5 overall. The Bulldogs have been dominant at home, going 16-0, compared to 6-5 on the road.

Drake has an overall ATS record of 14-13 this season and they are 12-12 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Bulldogs are 4-7 ATS and they have gone 1-2 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Drake is 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Drake games is 14-13 and today’s line of 143 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.4). So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 157 points.

In their previous game, the Bulldogs’ offense finished with 84 points, which is right in line with their current average of 80.1 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Tucker DeVries, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 20.8, while Atin Wright also carries a PPG average of 14.2 into the game.

Currently, the Bulldogs’ defense holds the 94th rank in the nation, allowing 68.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Belmont, the Bruins finished with a field goal percentage of 51% and a total of 69 points vs. Drake.

Will the Panthers Make it Happen at Home?

Despite being the underdog, Northern Iowa has been playing well at home, where they have a record of 8-4 compared to 6-9 on the road. Over their last 10 home games, the Panthers have gone 8-2.

So far this season, Northern Iowa has been the underdog in 12 of their 28 games, going 4-8 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin at home is +1.5, and their average scoring margin on the road is -0.7.

As the underdog this season, Northern Iowa has gone 5-7 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 7-5 and their last 10 home ATS mark is 6-4. Over their last 3 games as the underdog, the Panthers are 1-2 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Northern Iowa games is 12-15, and today’s over/under line of 143 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (143.4). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Iowa offense tallied 73 points in a matchup against Illinois State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.9%, and they made 4 threes. Nate Heise led the scoring for the Panthers, contributing 20 points. Additionally, Bowen Born chipped in with 14 points.

So far, the Panthers’ defense is ranked 144th in the country at 71.0 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Drake, the Northern Iowa defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Northern Iowa made 19 free-throws vs. the Panthers.