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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bears underdogs vs Panthers at Northern Iowa

Missouri State BearsNorthern Iowa Panthers
Feb 5, 8:00 PM | McLeod Center

Missouri State Bears vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

7-16TEAM RECORD12-11

Northern Iowa looks to cover the Panthers-Bears pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 12-11 mark when they host Missouri State in college basketball wagering action.

Northern Iowa will face the 7-16 Bears, who own a 11-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 8-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bears are 8-6-1 favoring the OVER.

View Missouri State vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Iowa sat as 13.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 119-rated Panthers and the No. 263-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 69-60 result in favor of the Panthers.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northern Iowa has the nation's No. 193-rated offensive output, at 66.9 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 146 allowing on average 65 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 45.1% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.2% per game.

Defensively, Missouri State features the nation's No. 133-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 134 nationally in scoring at home.

Missouri State was a 62-61 winner in its last match at home against Evansville. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Marcus Marshall scored 14 points leading the Bears to a 62-61 victory over Evansville at JQH Arena on Saturday.

Northern Iowa was a 57-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wichita State. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Northern Iowa earned a 57-52 victory over Wichita State on Saturday, getting 16 points from Anthony James at McLeod Center.

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Wichita State are 6-4
After playing Evansville are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Bradley are 6-4
After playing Wichita State are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Bears at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Missouri State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Missouri State's last 9 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Missouri State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Missouri State is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games when playing Missouri State
Northern Iowa is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Missouri State
Northern Iowa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Missouri State

Next up:
Missouri State at Wichita State, Saturday, February 9
Northern Iowa at Bradley, Sunday, February 10