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NCAA hoops odds preview - Virginia Commonwealth vs. Northern Iowa

Virginia Commonwealth RamsNorthern Iowa Panthers
8-2December 14, 2013, 12:00 | McLeod Center4-5

The Northern Iowa Panthers host Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, looking to build on their 4-5 mark against the 8-2 Rams in college hoops action at McLeod Center.

This season, the Panthers are 4-5 overall and 3-4 ATS, while the Rams are 8-2 and 4-5 ATS. As for the totals, Northern Iowa boasts a 6-1 on the OU, and Virginia Commonwealth is 1-7.

View Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northern Iowa Panthers as 5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 208 (Panthers) and the No. 27 (Rams) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Northern Iowa won its last outing, a 55-50 result against Savannah State on December 10. Seth Tuttle scored 17 points leading the Panthers to a 55-50 victory over Savannah State at McLeod Center on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Iowa's No. 172 nationally ranked offense (72.22 points per game) against a Rams defense that sits as the No. 75 at 67.1 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 43.75% from the field, more than the Rams have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).

A few Rams at Panthers trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth home to Wofford, Tuesday, December 17th
Northern Iowa at Virginia, Saturday, December 21st