Looking to win big? The Salukis and Panthers face off at 8:00 ET on CBSS. The Panthers are hosting the game at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 135.5 points, and the Panthers are favored to win at home against the Salukis.


The Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers -5.5

This game will be played at McLeod Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Northern Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can The Salukis Secure a Road Victory?

After losing their last two games, Southern Illinois will look to get back on track against Northern Iowa. On the road this season, the Salukis have gone 3-2, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games. So far, Southern Illinois has gone 1-5 as the underdog.

Overall, the Salukis have gone 12-6, including an 8-4 record at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.6, and they are currently on a two-game road winning streak.

As the underdog this season, Southern Illinois has gone 3-3 against the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 12-5, and they are 3-2 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Salukis are 3-7 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Southern Illinois games is 10-7. On average, their games have finished with 138.2 points compared to an average over/under line of 136.8, resulting in a margin of +1.4. Today’s line of 135.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their last three games (139) and the average for their last five games (137). Over their last 10 games, their over/under record is 5-5.

In their previous game, the Salukis’ offense finished with 69 points, which is right in line with their current average of 73.8 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Xavier Johnson, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 23.5, while Clarence Rupert also maintains a PPG average of 8.7 leading up to the game.

The Salukis’ defense is presently ranked 33rd nationally, allowing an average of 64.8 points per contest. So far, the Southern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.1 times per game (400th).

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Northern Iowa?

At home this season, Northern Iowa has been 4-3, and they come into this game with a three-game winning streak. So far, they have gone 10-8, and in their last game, they beat Belmont by a score of 83-72.

For the season, Northern Iowa has been favored in eight games, going 6-2 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin at home is +2.4, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

As the favorite this season, Northern Iowa has gone 6-2 vs. the spread. At home, the Panthers are 5-2 ATS this year and have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. Overall, their ATS record is 10-7. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Northern Iowa is 7-3 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Northern Iowa’s games this year (145.9). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points compared to their season average of 147.6 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Iowa offense tallied 83 points in a matchup against Belmont. Their field goal percentage for the game was 51.8%, and they made 10 threes. Offensively, the Panthers have a season long field goal percentage of 47%, which is 87th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 109th in percentage and 139th in three-pointers made.

On the defensive side, Northern Iowa is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.6 points per game. The Northern Iowa defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 72 points and allowed Belmont to connect on 10 threes.