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Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Hawks

Northern Iowa PanthersSaint Joseph's Hawks
March 14, 7:15 PM | Hagan Arena

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds

19-13TEAM RECORD20-13

Saint Joseph's looks to cover the Hawks-Panthers pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 20-13 mark when they host Northern Iowa in college basketball action.

Saint Joseph's will face the 19-13 Panthers, who own a 14-16-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hawks are 15-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Panthers are 14-16-1 favoring the OVER.

View Northern Iowa vs Saint Josephs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Saint Joseph's sat as 6-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks - Panthers odds would favor the Hawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Saint Joseph's is rated No. 67 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northern Iowa is at No. 154. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 71-70 win for the Hawks.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 299 in NCAA hoops at 31.4 per game. Contrast that with Saint Joseph's’s No. 81 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Joseph's is the No. 115-ranked team in the country at 6.7 per game, while Northern Iowa rates No. 35 at 7.9 per game.

Defensively, Northern Iowa features the nation's No. 47-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. Saint Joseph's, meanwhile, comes in at No. 166 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Iowa was a 54-42 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Johnny Moran scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 54-42 to Illinois State at Scottrade Center on Friday).

Saint Joseph's lost its last outing, a 71-68 result against St. Bonaventure on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. Saint Joseph's got 24 points from Carl Jones but lost anyway, 71-68, to St. Bonaventure on Friday at Boardwalk Hall.

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Illinois State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing St. Bonaventure are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few Panthers at Hawks trends to consider:
Northern Iowa is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Saint Joseph's last 7 games
Saint Joseph's is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home