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Evansville Purple Aces vs Northern Iowa Panthers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Northern Iowa PanthersEvansville Purple Aces
7-7January 08, 2014, 08:05 | Ford Center7-8

The Evansville Purple Aces will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Northern Iowa Panthers at Ford Center in NCAA basketball action.

Evansville battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 7-7 mark (6-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Purple Aces and 8-4 for the Panthers.

View Northern Iowa Panthers vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

Evansville opened as 4-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 155-rated Northern Iowa taking on the No. 324-rated Purple Aces in this contest.

Northern Iowa was a 67-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wichita State. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers got 16 points from Deon Mitchell, but it was Wichita State that prevailed in a 67-53 final on Sunday at Charles Koch Arena.

In their last action, Evansville was an 81-62 loser at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. D.J. Balentine scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Purple Aces to a win (they lost 81-62 to Indiana State at Ford Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 158 in NCAA hoops at 35.43 per game. Contrast that with Evansville’s No. 234 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Evansville is the No. 243-ranked team in the country at 4.27 per game, while Northern Iowa rates No. 77 at 7.14 per game.

A few Panthers at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Northern Iowa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Iowa is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Evansville
Evansville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Evansville is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
Evansville is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Northern Iowa
Evansville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Iowa

Next up:
Northern Iowa home to Drake, Saturday, January 11th
Evansville at Southern Illinois, Saturday, January 11th