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Northern Iowa Panthers take on Redbirds in NCAA basketball test

Northern Iowa PanthersIllinois State Redbirds
Jan 5, 8:05 PM | Redbird Arena

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds

7-7TEAM RECORD9-5

The visiting Northern Iowa Panthers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Redbird Arena against the Illinois State Redbirds.

Illinois State battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 7-7 mark (5-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-3 for the Redbirds and 5-5 for the Panthers.

View Northern Iowa vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois State sat as 9-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 110-rated Northern Iowa taking on the No. 68-rated Redbirds in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 81-73 win for the Redbirds on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois State's No. 18-ranked scoring average of 79.9 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 140 and allowing 64.5 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 49.1% to date this season, more than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (43.7% per game).

Defensively, Northern Iowa features the nation's No. 142-rated defense on the road, allowing 69 points per game. Illinois State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Iowa was a 65-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Seth Tuttle in a losing cause in their 65-61 loss to Indiana State on Wednesday.

Illinois State was a 79-72 loser in its last match at home against Creighton. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Bryant Allen scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Redbirds to a win (they lost 79-72 to Creighton at Redbird Arena on Wednesday).

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

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Missouri State are 6-4
After playing Creighton are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Panthers at Redbirds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Iowa's last 7 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Northern Iowa is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Northern Iowa is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Illinois State is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois State's last 8 games when playing Northern Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 7 games when playing at home against Northern Iowa
Illinois State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Northern Iowa home to Evansville, Wednesday, January 9
Illinois State at Missouri State, Tuesday, January 8