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Northern Iowa Panthers face Indiana State Sycamores: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Northern Iowa PanthersIndiana State Sycamores
15-14March 01, 2014, 01:00 | Hulman Center21-8

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Hulman Center Saturday as host Indiana State looks to handle the Northern Iowa Panthers in NCAA hoops action.

Indiana State will face the 15-14 Panthers, who own a 13-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Sycamores are 11-13-1 on the OU so far this season while the Panthers are 19-8.

View Northern Iowa Panthers vs Indiana State Sycamores Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Sycamores in this one found them listed as -3-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Panthers was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sycamores rated this week at No. 142 and the Panthers sitting at No. 105.

Last time out for Northern Iowa, they were a 73-54 winner as they battled Southern Illinois at home. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Northern Iowa earned a 73-54 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Seth Tuttle at McLeod Center.

In their last action, Indiana State was a 77-59 loser on the road against Illinois State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Dawon Cummings scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Sycamores to a win (they lost 77-59 to Illinois State at Redbird Arena on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 219 in NCAA hoops at 32.52 per game. Contrast that with Indiana State’s No. 209 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Indiana State is the No. 103-ranked team in the country at 6.52 per game, while Northern Iowa rates No. 11 at 8.62 per game.

A few Panthers at Sycamores trends to consider:
Northern Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Northern Iowa's last 14 games
Northern Iowa is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Indiana State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Indiana State is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana State's last 7 games
Indiana State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home