Looking to win big? The Panthers and Bulldogs face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulldogs are hosting the game at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142.5 points, and Drake is favored by -8 to win at home against Northern Iowa.


The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers +8

This game will be played at The Knapp Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Drake winning straight-up, we like Northern Iowa at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Panthers Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

As the underdog, Northern Iowa has gone 3-6 this season, and they will be getting 8 points on the road against Drake. Over their last 10 games away from home, the Panthers have gone 5-5, and they are 5-5 in their last 10 overall.

On the season, Northern Iowa has a record of 12-8, and they have won five straight games. They are 6-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play, and they have gone 6-5 in non-conference games.

Against the spread this season, Northern Iowa is 10-9. On the road, their ATS record is 5-5. As the underdog, the Panthers are 4-5 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5.

The over/under record for Northern Iowa games this season is 9-10 and the average scoring total in their games is 145.3. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (145.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points and their OU record during that stretch is 1-2. On the season, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

In their latest game, Northern Iowa offense put up 70 points against Evansville. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 41.5% and made 7 threes. The team’s top scorer is Nate Heise, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14.5, while Bowen Born also carries a PPG average of 14.4 into the game.

The Panthers’ defense is presently ranked 118th nationally, allowing an average of 70.4 points per contest. Northern Iowa’s three-point defense is currently 161st in the country at 7.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.7% of their shots vs. Northern Iowa.

Do the Bulldogs Have What it Takes at Home?

Drake comes into this game as the favorite, as they have been in 17 of their 20 games this season. They have gone 14-3 in those games, including a perfect 11-0 record at home.

Over their last ten games at home, the Bulldogs have yet to lose, going a perfect 10-0. They have also won their last four games overall, and their record for the season stands at 16-4.

Drake has been solid against the spread this season with a 10-8 record. At home, the Bulldogs are 7-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Drake is 6-4 vs. the spread.

Drake’s over/under record for the season is 9-9, and today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (145.2). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 146 points.

Drake’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 97 points vs. Evansville. Overall, they hit 63.9% of their shots from the field and went 7/13 from the free-throw line. Kyron Gibson led the scoring for the Bulldogs, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Darnell Brodie chipped in with 18 points.

This season, the Drake defense has been impressive, holding the 71st position in the country while permitting an average of 67.6 points per contest. Drake’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Evansville offense to knock down 63% of their shots on their way to putting up 48 points.