Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Racers versus the Panthers? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBSS. The game will be played at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA. This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 139 points, and Northern Iowa is favored to win by -6.5 at home vs. Murray State.
MURRAY STATE RACERS VS NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers -6.5
This game will be played at McLeod Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 in favor of the Panthers.
- Not only will Northern Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Can Murray State Grab a Win on the Road?
Despite being the underdog, Murray State has performed better on the road this season, going 3-6 compared to 4-8 at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.8, and they are coming off a two-point loss to Illinois State.
Overall, the Racers have lost four straight games, and they are 8-14 this season. In Missouri Valley Conference play, they are 5-6, compared to 3-8 in non-conference games.
As the underdog this season, Murray State has an ATS record of 7-4. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Racers are 6-4 vs. the spread. In their last three road games, Murray State has a perfect ATS record.
So far this season, the over/under record in games involving Murray State is 8-13. Today’s over/under line of 139 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (142.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points, which is lower than today’s over/under line.
In contrast to their season average of 70.4 points per game, the Murray State had a below average performance. They scored 59 points against Illinois State and had a field goal percentage of 43.1%. Rob Perry is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 12.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jacobi Wood brings a PPG average of 12.3 into the game.
Coming into today’s game, the Murray State defense is giving up an average of 68.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Illinois State, the Redbirds finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 61 points vs. Murray State.
Can Northern Iowa Secure a Home Victory?
After losing their last game to Bradley, Northern Iowa will look to get back on track as they host Murray State. The Panthers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home and have an average scoring margin of +3.1 points per game at home this season.
Overall, Northern Iowa has gone 12-10 this season, including a 6-5 record in Missouri Valley Conference play. They have been the favorite in 10 of their games, going 8-2 in those matchups.
When looking at Northern Iowa’s ATS record this season, they are currently 10-11. As the favorite, they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread this year. At home, their ATS mark is 5-4 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4.
Over the course of the season, the over/under record for Northern Iowa games is 10-11. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 145.5 points, which is slightly higher than the average OU line of 144.6. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 142 points.
In their most recent game, the Panthers’ offense tallied 69 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.8 points per game. Offensively, the Panthers have a season long field goal percentage of 46%, which is 119th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 149th in percentage and 186th in three-pointers made.
Coming into today’s game, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 71.4 points per contest. Against Bradley in their most recent game, the Northern Iowa defense gave up a total of 85 points while allowing Bradley to hit 48% of their shots.