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CIT Game Preview - Mustangs underdogs vs Panthers at Northern Iowa

Southern Methodist MustangsNorthern Iowa Panthers
March 21, 8:30 PM | McLeod Center

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

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The Southern Methodist Mustangs take on the Northern Iowa Panthers tonight in the quarterfinals of the CIT.

The Mustangs advanced by edging Jacksonville 63-62 as a 6-point favorite while the Panthers easily got past Rider 84-50 as a 6-point chalk. Tonight the Panthers are a 7-point favorite and the total was set at 119.

View Southern Methodist vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Panthers as 7-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 249-ranked Panthers and the No. 244-rated Mustangs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 69-67 win for the Panthers on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Iowa's No. 288 nationally ranked offense (64.2 points per game) against a Mustangs defense that sits as the No. 25 at 61.4 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 43.2% from the field, less than the Mustangs have managed so far this season (48.6% on average).

Defensively, Southern Methodist features the nation's No. 57-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.9 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 261 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Methodist was a 63-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Jacksonville. They failed to cover the 6–point spread as favorites. Papa Dia scored 24 points leading the Mustangs to a 63-62 victory over Jacksonville at Moody Coliseum on Saturday.

In their last action, Northern Iowa was an 84-50 winner at home against Rider. They covered the 6–point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Rider out of the gym and running up an 84-50 score at McLeod Center.

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Mustangs at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Iowa's last 9 games
Northern Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games