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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Braves underdogs vs Panthers at Northern Iowa

Bradley BravesNorthern Iowa Panthers
Jan 12, 2:00 PM | McLeod Center

Bradley Braves vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

10-6TEAM RECORD8-8

The Northern Iowa Panthers will hit the floor running against the visiting Bradley Braves Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Panthers currently sports a 8-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-9 ATS. The Braves are 10-6 and 8-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Panthers produce a 5-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Braves have gone 4-6 against the number.

View Bradley vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northern Iowa Panthers as 6-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 124-rated Panthers and the No. 110-ranked Braves, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-69 result in favor of the Braves.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Braves is ranked No. 186 in NCAA hoops at 35 per game. Contrast that with Northern Iowa’s No. 282 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Iowa is the No. 67-ranked team in the country at 7.4 per game, while Bradley rates No. 317 at 4.4 per game.

Defensively, Bradley features the nation's No. 122-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.1 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 163 nationally in scoring at home.

Bradley was a 68-53 loser in its last match on the road against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Bradley got 15 points from Walt Lemon Jr. but lost anyway, 68-53, to Indiana State on Wednesday at Hulman Center.

Northern Iowa lost its last outing, a 62-59 result against Evansville on January 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. The Panthers endured a 62-59 loss at the hands of the Purple Aces on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Anthony James at McLeod Center.

Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Southern Illinois are 7-3
After playing Indiana State are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 7-3
After playing Evansville are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Braves at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bradley's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Bradley is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Bradley is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Bradley
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Bradley
Northern Iowa is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 6 games when playing Bradley

Next up:
Bradley home to Southern Illinois, Tuesday, January 15
Northern Iowa at Creighton, Tuesday, January 15