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NCAA hoops odds preview - Creighton vs. Northern Iowa

Creighton BluejaysNorthern Iowa Panthers
March 4, 3:35 PM | Scottrade Center

Creighton Bluejays vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

18-13TEAM RECORD19-12

The Northern Iowa Panthers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Creighton Bluejays at Scottrade Center on Friday in NCAAB play.

This is a conference playoff game in the Missouri Valley Tournament. The game is being played at Scottrade Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Panthers currently sports a 19-12 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-14 ATS. The Bluejays are 18-13 and 14-12 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Panthers produce a 10-10-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bluejays have gone 12-14 against the number.

View Creighton vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Northern Iowa sat as 1.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 241-rated Panthers and the No. 146-ranked Bluejays, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 68-67 result in favor of the Bluejays.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Iowa's No. 292-ranked offense, averaging 63.7 PPG, against a Bluejays defense that ranks No. 67 at 64 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 42.9% so far, less than the Bluejays marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Creighton owns the country's No. 92-rated mark, allowing 67.8 points per game on the highway. Northern Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 266 in scoring at home.

Creighton was a 63-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Iowa. They covered the 6–point spread as favorites. The Bluejays grabbed a 63-55 win over the Panthers on Saturday, behind a 13-point effort from Doug McDermott at Qwest Center.

In their last action, Northern Iowa was a 63-55 loser on the road against Creighton. They failed to cover the 6–point spread as underdogs. Johnny Moran scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 63-55 to Creighton at Qwest Center on Saturday).

Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing Northern Iowa are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Creighton are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few Bluejays at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Iowa's last 7 games
Northern Iowa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Creighton
Northern Iowa is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Creighton
Northern Iowa is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing Creighton