The Drake Bulldogs (18-12, 8-9 MVC) and UNI Panthers (24-5, 13-4 MVC) will battle at Knapp Center to bring the regular season to an end. Action starts at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
UNI Panthers vs. Drake Bulldogs Free Preview
In the Panthers’ last matchup, they had no trouble getting past the Evansville Aces, 84-64. With 16 points and seven rebounds, UNI’s Trae Berhow had a good performance. UNI dominated every facet of the game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.716 (above their season average of 0.561) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 29.9). Evansville was 0.500 and 16.1, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bulldogs are hoping for a better outcome after their 64-60 loss to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in their last game. Garrett Sturtz was Drake’s leading scorer with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Loyola Chicago had a free throw rate of 0.404 (above their season average of 0.248). Drake, on the other hand, held the Ramblers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.479 (below their season average of 0.559).
It might be a tough matchup for Drake on the offensive glass. The Bulldogs rank 300th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.8 percent), while UNI ranks 14th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.6 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Panthers won 83-73. The Panthers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.385 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 29.0. The Bulldogs had marks of 0.103 and 16.1, respectively, for those same stats. AJ Green was the game’s top overall scorer with 34 points.
UNI Panthers at Drake Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UNI, ATS Winner – UNI, O/U – Over
Drake ranks 170th in steals per game (5.7) while UNI ranks 239th (4.6).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 7.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Drake has defeated opponents by an average of 2.1 points.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (0.6 above their season average).