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Murray State vs Northern Iowa Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 10th Betting Odds

Racers vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Murray State Racers at Northern Iowa Panthers
  • Where: Cedar Falls at McLeod Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10th
  • Betting Odds: Murray State +4, MURST +153 | NIOWA -187 O/U 137.5

Racers Preview:

The Murray State Racers head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 9-7. So far, the Racers have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. For the season, Murray State has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Racers being +4 point underdogs.

Murray State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Rob Perry who is averaging 14.94 points per game for the Racers. Perry is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Racers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jacobi Wood who has hit 39.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.75 points per game.

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Murray State comes into today’s matchup vs Northern Iowa, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Racers have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 483rd in possessions per game.

Panthers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Murray State, the Northern Iowa Panthers will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 8-8. So far this season, Northern Iowa has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Panthers as the -4 point favorites. The Panthers have been favored 7 times, going 4-3 straight up.

Northern Iowa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bowen Born who is averaging 19.75 points per game for the Panthers. Born is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tytan Anderson who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.06 points per game.

On offense, Northern Iowa is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.81% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Northern Iowa Panthers -4

Heading into this matchup, with the Northern Iowa Panthers sitting as -4 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Northern Iowa and Murray State are averaging 8.37 and 8.06 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Northern Iowa has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 5-4-1 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Panthers to cover at -4.

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