Betting on today’s Sycamores and Panthers game? Catch the action at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on ESPN+. The Sycamores are the favored team in this Missouri Valley conference contest against the Panthers. The game’s over/under currently sits at 157 points.
INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES VS NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers +2
This game will be played at McLeod Center at 3:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.
WHY BET THE NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Panthers.
- Not only will Northern Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 157 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Will the Sycamores Defense Show Up in Cedar Falls?
Indiana State comes into today’s game as the favorite, favored by 2 points. So far this season, the Sycamores have gone 12-2 and are a perfect 3-0 in conference play.
On the road, Indiana State is 5-2 this season and have an average scoring margin of +3.1 points per game on the road. In their last game, the Sycamores took down Evansville by a score of 87-73, and over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4.
Indiana State’s ATS record for the season is 8-5, but they have gone just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three games as the favorite. However, over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Sycamores have gone 7-3.
Indiana State’s over/under record this season is 10-3 and the average scoring total in their games is 160 points. Today’s over/under line is 157 points and their average over/under line this season is 156.1. So far, their games have finished with more points than today’s line in seven of 14 games and in their last three games, the average scoring total is 160 points.
Indiana State’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 87 points vs. Evansville. Overall, they hit 48.3% of their shots from the field and went 18/20 from the free-throw line. Isaiah Swope is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 19.5. Meanwhile, Ryan Conwell also brings a PPG average of 15.5 into the game.
On defense, Indiana State is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 72.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Evansville, the Aces finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 73 points vs. Indiana State.
Will the Northern Iowa Defense Show Up at Home?
The Northern Iowa Panthers will be looking to extend their four-game win streak when they take on the Indiana State Sycamores as two-point underdogs. So far this season, the Panthers are 7-7 overall and 3-2 at home.
In their last game, Northern Iowa defeated Missouri State by a score of 64-62. Over their last 10 games at home, the Panthers have gone just 5-5.
As the underdog this season, Northern Iowa has gone 3-4 vs. the spread. At home, they are 4-1 ATS this year and 5-4 over their last 10 home games. Over their last three games as the underdog, the Panthers have gone 2-1 vs. the spread.
On the season, the over/under record for Northern Iowa games is 8-5 and today’s line of 157 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (145.5). So far, 13 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 157 and their games have averaged 150.5 points per game. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 149 points.
Northern Iowa offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 64 points against Missouri State. In that game, they made 3/15 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 44.3%. Bowen Born led the team in scoring, putting up 21 points. Additionally, Jacob Hutson contributed 19 points for the Panthers.
In terms of defense, Northern Iowa is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 72.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northern Iowa’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 34.4% this season.