15* CBB Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on Northern Iowa +10
Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State,
02/08/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 57 - 82
Point Spread: +10½/-110 Northern Iowa
The Northern Iowa Panthers are one of the most underrated teams in the country. They should not be catching double-digits tonight against Wichita State in a game that will go right down to the wire.
Northern Iowa is 16-9 this season. Creighton and Wichita State are the two teams that get talked about the most in the MVC, but UNI is right there with them. The Panthers stay competitive because of their ability to defend. They give up just 60.8 points/game this season.
UNI wants revenge from a 68-71 home loss to Wichita State in their first meeting. That game obviously went right down to the wire, and I have no doubt this one will too. Wichita State is simply getting too much credit for playing at home tonight.
Northern Iowa is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 80%). The Panthers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game. Wichita State is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 versus good 3 point shooting teams - making >=37% of their attempts. UNI is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 revenging a home loss vs opponent. Northern Iowa is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 revenging a close loss vs opponent of 3 points or less. Wichita State is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points. These six trends make for a 41-0 system backing the Panthers. Take Northern Iowa Wednesday.