The Evansville Aces (9-20, 0-16 MVC) will travel to McLeod Center to clash with the UNI Panthers (23-5, 12-4 MVC) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Evansville Aces vs. UNI Panthers ATS Preview
The Aces lost a tough one against the Indiana State Sycamores in their last matchup, 64-62. With 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting, K.J. Riley led Evansville in scoring. Indiana State had a better turnover percentage (16.1 vs. 19.0). Evansville, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (above their season average of 20.4).
The last time the Panthers played, they beat the Southern Illinois Salukis, 64-52. UNI rallied around Austin Phyfe, who was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting. The Panthers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3, had a ridiculous mark of 43.6, while the Salukis had a turnover percentage of 17.4 (above the 14.0 mark opponents have averaged against UNI this season).
UNI could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the nation. The Panthers rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while Evansville ranks 324th in defensive efficiency. Moreover, the Aces, who rank 342nd in offensive rebounding percentage (20.8 percent), will go head-to-head against the Panthers, who rank 14th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.4 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Panthers won 80-68. The Panthers played a flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.442 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 27.6. For those same stats, the Aces were 0.250 and 24.1, respectively. Phyfe scored a game-high 16 points.
Evansville Aces vs. UNI Panthers Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UNI, ATS Winner – UNI, O/U – Under
The Panthers are 27th in the NCAA with 10.4 assists allowed per game while the Aces are 54th with 11.2 assists allowed per game.
UNI allows the eighth-fewest blocks per game (2.1) while Evansville ranks 27th (2.5).
UNI ranks 72nd in rebounds per game (37.6) while Evansville ranks 277th (31.8).
The Aces rank 13th in three pointers allowed per game (16.8) while the Panthers rank 162nd (21.9).
Evansville ranks 44th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while UNI ranks 184th (7.2).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 10.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Aces have scored an average of 63.8 points per game (4.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (2.1 below their season average).