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Illinois State Redbirds vs Northern Iowa Panthers Preview

Northern Iowa PanthersIllinois State Redbirds
11-11February 05, 2014, 08:05 | Redbird Arena12-10

The Illinois State Redbirds will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Redbird Arena on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Redbirds sit at 12-10 (9-12 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 11-11 (9-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Illinois State is 10-10 OU, and Northern Iowa is 15-5 OU.

View Northern Iowa Panthers vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

The Panthers were listed as -1-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Redbirds rated this week at No. 152 and the Panthers sitting at No. 31.

Northern Iowa was an 87-81 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa suffered an 87-81 loss against Indiana State on Saturday, getting 21 points from Deon Mitchell in a losing effort at McLeod Center.

In their last action, Illinois State was a 75-57 winner at home against Drake. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Illinois State got 19 points from Bobby Hunter en route to a 75-57 victory over Drake on Saturday at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois State's No. 195-ranked scoring average of 68.5 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 164 and allowing 70.91 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 40.24% to date this season, less than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (45.27% per game).

Next up:
Northern Iowa home to Wichita State, Saturday, February 8th
Illinois State at Loyola of Chicago, Sunday, February 9th