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Point spread favors Panthers in battle with Purple Aces

Evansville Purple AcesNorthern Iowa Panthers
Jan 1, 9:00 PM | McLeod Center

Evansville Purple Aces vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds


Northern Iowa will look to improve on its 10-3 record on Sunday when they host Evansville in NCAAB odds action at McLeod Center.

Northern Iowa will face the 6-5 Purple Aces, who own a 3-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 6-5-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Purple Aces are 6-2 favoring the OVER.

View Evansville vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Purple Aces are listed as 13.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 44-ranked Panthers and the No. 327-rated Purple Aces in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-68 win for the Panthers on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Purple Aces is ranked No. 339 in NCAA hoops at 29.5 per game. Contrast that with Northern Iowa’s No. 319 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Iowa is the No. 29-ranked team in the country at 8.5 per game, while Evansville rates No. 233 at 5.5 per game.

Defensively, Evansville features the nation's No. 334-rated defense on the road, allowing 83.7 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 182 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Evansville was a 78-60 winner at home against Southern Illinois. They covered the 4.5–point spread as favorites. The Purple Aces got a terrific 25-point effort from Colt Ryan as Evansville defeated Southern Illinois 78-60 on Thursday at Ford Center.

Northern Iowa was a 65-61 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois State. They failed to cover the 1–point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa suffered a 65-61 loss against Illinois State on Thursday, getting 21 points from Anthony James in a losing effort at Redbird Arena.

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Wichita State are 3-7
After playing Southern Illinois are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Indiana State are 7-3
After playing Illinois State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Purple Aces at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Evansville's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Evansville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Evansville is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Evansville
Northern Iowa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Northern Iowa is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Evansville
Northern Iowa is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Evansville home to Wichita State, Wednesday, January 4
Northern Iowa home to Indiana State, Wednesday, January 4