The Panthers and Bruins are set to face off at 9:00 ET on CBSS. The Bruins will host the game at Curb Event Center in Nashville, TN. The odds for this Missouri Valley conference game currently have the Bruins as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 150.5 points.

NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS VS BELMONT BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Belmont Bruins -1

This game will be played at Curb Event Center at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE BELMONT BRUINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bruins.
  • Not only will Belmont pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Do the Panthers Have a Shot at a Win at Nashville?

After winning their last two games, the Northern Iowa Panthers are 9-8 on the season and 3-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play. So far, they have gone 4-5 on the road, and they are currently riding a three-game road winning streak.

For the season, the Panthers have been the underdog nine times, going 3-6 in those games. Overall, they have been the underdog in 17 of their 17 games, and they are 5-2 when favored.

As the underdog this season, Northern Iowa has gone 4-5 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-5 this year and they have an overall ATS record of 9-7. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Panthers are 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Northern Iowa games this season (145.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points, while their over/under record this season is 8-8.

The Northern Iowa offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Murray State. Overall their field goal percentage was 42.3% while connecting on 8 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Panthers offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 22 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

On defense, Northern Iowa is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.6 points per game. Northern Iowa will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Murray State to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.

Can Belmont Pull Off a Home Win?

Belmont will look to bounce back from a 94-64 loss to Indiana State. The Bruins have been dominant at home this season, going 6-0 with an average scoring margin of +7.5 points per game. Overall, Belmont is 11-6, including a 4-2 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play.

So far, the Bruins have been the favorite in seven of their games, going 6-1. As for Northern Iowa, the Panthers have lost three straight on the road and are just 4-6 away from home this season.

Belmont’s ATS record for the season is currently 6-10. At home, they have gone just 2-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bruins have a record of 4-6.

Belmont’s over/under record this season is 7-9 and today’s line of 150.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (156.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points and their OU record during this span is 0-3. So far this year, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

In their most recent game, the Belmont offense concluded with only 64 points against Indiana State. Throughout the game, they made 10/26 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 36.4%. The top scorer for the Bruins was Keishawn Davidson with 12 points, while Malik Dia also added 10 to the scoreboard.

Coming into today’s game, the Belmont defense is giving up an average of 77.7 points per contest. Against Indiana State in their most recent game, the Belmont defense gave up a total of 94 points while allowing Indiana State to hit 55% of their shots.