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Northern Iowa Panthers battle vs Illinois State Redbirds highlights college basketball odds menu

Illinois State RedbirdsNorthern Iowa Panthers
15-12February 23, 2014, 05:00 | McLeod Center13-14

Northern Iowa looks to cover the Panthers-Redbirds pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 13-14 mark when they host Illinois State in college basketball wagering action.

The Panthers are 13-14 so far on the season, and 11-14 ATS vs. the number. The Redbirds, meanwhile, are 15-12 and 11-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northern Iowa go 19-6 and the Redbirds go 13-12 on the totals.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Panthers installed as -6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Panthers - Redbirds odds would favor the Redbirds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Iowa is rated No. 120 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois State is at No. 100.

In their last action, Illinois State was a 67-63 winner at home against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Daishon Knight scored 17 points leading the Redbirds to a 67-63 victory over Missouri State at Redbird Arena on Tuesday.

Last time out for Northern Iowa, they were a 70-67 loser as they battled Drake on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Seth Tuttle scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 70-67 to Drake at Knapp Center on Tuesday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Redbirds is ranked No. 148 in NCAA hoops at 34.89 per game. Contrast that with Northern Iowa’s No. 219 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Iowa is the No. 11-ranked team in the country at 8.52 per game, while Illinois State rates No. 49 at 7.48 per game.

Next up:
Illinois State home to Indiana State, Wednesday, February 26th
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois, Wednesday, February 26th