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Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Shockers

Wichita State ShockersNorthern Iowa Panthers
24-0February 08, 2014, 09:00 | McLeod Center11-12

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Northern Iowa Panthers try to run the Wichita State Shockers off the court at McLeod Center in college hoops action.

The Shockers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 15-5-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 9-12 ATS. Wichita State is 9-12 on the totals; Northern Iowa is 16-5.

View Wichita State Shockers vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Northern Iowa in this one found them as 6-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Panthers - Shockers odds would favor the Shockers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Iowa is rated No. 31 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Wichita State is at No. 3.

Wichita State won its last outing, a 65-58 result against Indiana State on February 5. They covered in that game as a 4-point favorite. The Shockers got 19 points from Cleanthony Early as Wichita State ran past Indiana State 65-58 on Wednesday at Hulman Center.

Northern Iowa lost its last outing, a 76-65 result against Illinois State on February 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. Northern Iowa suffered a 76-65 loss against Illinois State on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Matt Bohannon in a losing effort at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Iowa's No. 92-ranked scoring average of 74 PPG, against a Shockers defense rated No. 11 and allowing 59.46 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 45.29% to date this season, more than the Shockers shooters have managed so far (44.44% per game).

A few Shockers at Panthers trends to consider:
Wichita State is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wichita State's last 7 games
Wichita State is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Northern Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Iowa's last 5 games
Northern Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Wichita State home to Southern Illinois, Tuesday, February 11th
Northern Iowa at Loyola of Chicago, Wednesday, February 12th