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Creighton BluejaysNorthern Iowa Panthers
Feb 4, 5:00 PM | McLeod Center

Creighton Bluejays vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

21-2TEAM RECORD15-9

The Northern Iowa Panthers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Bluejays at McLeod Center in NCAAB action.

Supporters of the Bluejays have watched them go 21-2 and 13-6 ATS on the year, while the Panthers are at 15-9 and 11-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 10-12-1, while the Bluejays have a 9-9-1 mark.

View Creighton vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Northern Iowa sat as 1.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 126-rated Panthers and the No. 55-ranked Bluejays, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 83-74 result in favor of the Bluejays.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northern Iowa's No. 295-rated squad against Creighton's No. 89-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northern Iowa rates No. 49 in the country with 7.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 nationally with 8.8 per match.

Defensively, Creighton features the nation's No. 170-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.2 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 231 nationally in scoring at home.

Creighton won its last outing, a 102-74 result against Illinois State on February 1. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point favorite. The battle between the Bluejays and Redbirds didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Illinois State was handed a 102-74 defeat on Wednesday at Qwest Center.

Northern Iowa was a 58-49 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Deon Mitchell scored 17 points leading the Panthers to a 58-49 victory over Southern Illinois at McLeod Center on Tuesday.

Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Evansville are 5-5
After playing Illinois State are 6-4
After a win are 10-0

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wichita State are 7-3
After playing Southern Illinois are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Bluejays at Panthers trends to consider:
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Creighton is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 6 games when playing Creighton

Next up:
Creighton at Evansville, Tuesday, February 7
Northern Iowa at Wichita State, Wednesday, February 8

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