Northern Iowa Panthers VS Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

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01/26/2020

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Spread: Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5

Over/Under: 131.5

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It’s a battle of two of the best teams in the Missouri Valley Conference on January 26 as the Northern Iowa Panthers host the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at the McLeod Center. Northern Iowa is coming off a tough loss on Wednesday while Loyola wants to extend their winning streak to five games. The Panthers are second in the conference with a 5-2 record and 16-3 overall. On the other hand, the Ramblers are first with a 6-1 conference record and 14-6 overall.

Northern Iowa is looking to get back on the winning track after a tough 68-66 loss to the Southern Illinois Salukis last Wednesday. G Trae Berhow led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. G AJ Green added 16 points, two boards and five assists but he missed a game-tying shot that would have sent the game to overtime. It was just Northern Iowa’s second loss against a Missouri Valley team and third overall.

For the season, the Panthers are scoring 76.8 points and 37.5 rebounds per game. They are shooting 48.5% from the field, 38.8% from threes and 76.4% from the free throw line. Northern Iowa has one of the most efficient offense in the country, as well as one of the best defenses, allowing just 65.2 points per game. The Panthers are 11-6 ATS for the season and 16-3 SU in their last 19 games. However, they are 2-8 against Loyola in their last ten matchups.

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On the other hand, Loyola are winners of four straight and looking to extend it against Northern Iowa. It is despite having a 3-2 away record and the Panthers being undefeated at the McLeod Center this season. In their last game, the Ramblers dismantled the Indiana State Sycamores, 75-55. F Tate Hall had 23 points, three rebounds and two assists to lead Loyola to victory. C Cameron Krutwig added a near triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. F Franklin Agunanne came off the bench to chip in 10 points in 10 minutes.

The Ramblers are currently first in the conference standings just ahead of the Panthers. They are averaging 69.9 points and 30.1 rebounds per game. They are shooting an impressive 51.9% from the field, 37.9% from beyond the arc but just 67.5% from the charity stripe. As for their defense, they are only allowing 60.2 points per game this season. Loyola is 10-9 ATS this season and 6-1 SU in their last seven games.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. The NCAA-B Men’s Pick for this match is the Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5. An exciting matchup between two top teams in the Missouri Valley, it is a battle between Northern Iowa’s offense against Loyola’s defense. However, the Panthers are favored since they are at home wherein they are 10-0 this season. Prediction is a 69-62 victory for Northern Iowa against Loyola at the McLeod Center.

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NCAA-BB Men’s Starting Time: 4:00 PM- EST

Location: McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Date: January 26, 2020

Live: ESPN3

NCAAB Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5

Total Odds: 131.5

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