UNI Panthers at Missouri State Bears Betting Prediction 01/11/20

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Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the UNI Panthers (13-2, 2-1 MVC) travel to Missouri State to play the Bears (8-8, 2-1 MVC). Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

UNI Panthers at Missouri State Bears Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious over their last opponent. The Bears defeated the Illinois State Redbirds 67-63, while the Panthers beat the Indiana State Sycamores 68-60.

UNI played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 38.5 (above their season average of 31.6) and a free throw rate of 0.255 (above their season average of 0.224). Indiana State was 14.8 and 0.146, respectively, for those same stats. Missouri State, meanwhile, played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 20.0) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 (below their season average of 34.0). Illinois State was 22.1 and 25.0, respectively, for those same stats. Missouri State received a boost from Keandre Cook, who contributed 22 points. Meanwhile, Austin Phyfe fueled UNI with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Panthers dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent contest, UNI won 63-43. Getting to the free throw line was one of UNI’s largest strengths. They had 29 free throw attempts, while Missouri State had just 14. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. Missouri State currently ranks 316th in possessions per game (66.7) and UNI is 320th (66.6).

UNI Panthers vs. Missouri State Bears Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – UNI, ATS Winner – UNI, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • UNI ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Missouri State ranks 41st (2.7).
  • The Panthers are seventh in the NCAA with 8.9 assists allowed per game while the Bears are 27th with 10.1 assists allowed per game.
  • Missouri State is 16th in the nation with 30.3 rebounds allowed per game while UNI is 19th with 30.5 rebounds allowed per game.

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 62.6 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.0 points per game (matching their season average).
  • The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.8, down from 11.7 for the season.