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

Drake BulldogsNorthern Iowa Panthers
Jan 20, 3:00 PM | McLeod Center

Drake Bulldogs vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Drake Bulldogs at McLeod Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 7-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 8-9 ATS. Drake is 9-3-2 on the totals; Northern Iowa is 7-7.

View Drake vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Panthers were listed as 10-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 261-rated Drake taking on the No. 131-rated Panthers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-70 win for the Panthers on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 302 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.4 per game. That compares with Northern Iowa’s No. 280 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Northern Iowa is college basketball's No. 50-ranked team at 7.7 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 8 with 8.9 per game.

Defensively, Drake features the nation's No. 302-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.5 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 117 nationally in scoring at home.

Drake won its last outing, an 83-69 result against Evansville on January 16. They covered in that game as a 1-point underdog. Drake earned an 83-69 victory over Evansville on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Chris Hines at Knapp Center.

In their last action, Northern Iowa was a 79-68 loser on the road against Creighton. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers wasted a 25-point performance from Anthony James in losing to Creighton 79-68 on Tuesday at CenturyLink Center.

Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 3-7
After playing Evansville are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

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

A few Bulldogs at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Drake's last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Drake is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Drake is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games when playing at home against Drake
Northern Iowa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Drake
Northern Iowa is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Drake

Next up:
Drake home to Creighton, Wednesday, January 23
Northern Iowa home to Southern Illinois, Wednesday, January 23

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