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Drake Bulldogs Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Northern Iowa Panthers

The Northern Iowa Panthers hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Drake Bulldogs pay a visit to McLeod Center on the college basketball betting odds menu.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Northern Iowa Panthers were listed as -12.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Drake Bulldogs vs Northern Iowa Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Drake Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 5-7 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Northern Iowa Panthers are 7-8 ATS. Drake Bulldogs are 5-7 on betting the total; Northern Iowa Panthers are 8-7.

This game puts the Northern Iowa Panthers, most recently No. 175 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Drake Bulldogs, who rate No. 212 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Drake is ranked No. 217 in NCAA basketball at 34.67 per game. Contrast that with Northern Iowa's No. 253 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Iowa is the No. 29-ranked team in the country at 9.12 per game, while Drake rates No. 73 at 7.93 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Drake got 14 points from Jacob Enevold Jensen but lost anyway, 79-69, to Indiana State on Wednesday at Knapp Center.

Wes Washpun scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 59-58 to Missouri State at JQH Arena on Wednesday).

Betting Trends
  • Drake is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • Drake is 5-15-3 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Drake is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Drake's last 5 games on the road
  • Northern Iowa is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Northern Iowa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 6 games
  • Northern Iowa is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Drake at Evansville, Tuesday, January 12th
Northern Iowa at Indiana State, Wednesday, January 13th