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Creighton Bluejays vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds
McLeod Center will host Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Creighton Bluejays action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
Northern Iowa will face the 20-5 Bluejays, who own a 13-10 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 9-12 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bluejays are 7-14 favoring the OVER.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Bluejays were listed as 2-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 120 and the Bluejays at No. 33 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 81-72 result in favor of the Bluejays.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Iowa's No. 210 nationally ranked offense (66.2 points per game) against a Bluejays defense that sits as the No. 112 at 63.8 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 44.8% from the field, less than the Bluejays have managed so far this season (51% on average).
Defensively, Creighton features the nation's No. 54-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.6 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 181 nationally in scoring at home.
Creighton lost its last outing, a 75-72 result against Illinois State on February 9. They failed to cover in that game as an 8-point favorite. Creighton got 24 points and 13 rebounds from Doug McDermott in a losing cause in their 75-72 loss to Illinois State on Saturday.
Northern Iowa won its last outing, a 68-65 result against Bradley on February 10. They earned a push in that game as a 3-point favorite. Marc Sonnen scored 15 points leading the Panthers to a 68-65 victory over Bradley at Carver Arena on Sunday.
Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Evansville are 5-5
After playing Illinois State are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Drake are 7-3
After playing Bradley are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Bluejays at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Creighton's last 5 games on the road
Creighton is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Creighton is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games when playing Creighton
Northern Iowa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Creighton at Evansville, Saturday, February 16
Northern Iowa at Drake, Saturday, February 16