Check out our free Northern Iowa vs Belmont pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Nashville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Northern Iowa vs Belmont Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Panthers vs Bruins Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Northern Iowa Panthers at Belmont Bruins
  • Where: Nashville at Curb Event Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Northern Iowa +4.5, NIOWA +165 | BELM -203 O/U 141.5

Panthers Preview:

Through 17 games, the Northern Iowa Panthers have an overall record of 9-8. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

Northern Iowa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bowen Born who is averaging 19.94 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 49.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.88 points per game.

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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 17 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.

Bruins Preview:

Belmont will take the floor against the Panthers with an overall record of 12-6. Currently, the Bruins have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Bruins’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Belmont has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 8-4.

Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 17.78 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 4.89 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.56 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.7% of his shots and is adding 3.78 boards per game.

Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Northern Iowa, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Belmont Bruins -4.5

If you are eying this matchup between Northern Iowa Panthers and Belmont Bruins as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Belmont to cover the spread as -4.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Belmont shooting well enough to keep the Panthers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bruins’ to win the game and cover the spread.


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