Northern Colorado Bears vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds
The Northern Iowa Panthers will hit the floor running against the visiting Northern Colorado Bears Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
Northern Iowa battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 1-4 mark (0-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-3 for the Panthers and 2-0 for the Bears.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Iowa sat as 14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 116 (Panthers) and the No. 50 (Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-69 result in favor of the Panthers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Iowa's No. 190-ranked scoring average of 67.7 PPG, against a Bears defense rated No. 301 and allowing 73.6 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 44.4% to date this season, less than the Bears shooters have managed so far (46.6% per game).
Defensively, Northern Colorado features the nation's No. 216-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.7 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 138 nationally in scoring at home.
Northern Colorado was a 69-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against UC Riverside. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Northern Colorado got 17 points from Tate Unruh but lost anyway, 69-63, to UC Riverside on Saturday at Student Center.
Northern Iowa was a 72-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa got 17 points from Nate Buss en route to a 72-61 victory over Wisc-Milwaukee on Saturday at McLeod Center.
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-4
After a loss are 3-7
Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing George Mason are 1-0
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 3-1
After a win are 4-6
A few Bears at Panthers trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Northern Iowa is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Colorado at Wichita State, Saturday, December 8
Northern Iowa at George Mason, Saturday, December 8