Game: (665) Northern Iowa (4-0) vs. (666) West Virginia (6-0)
Time: Tues. 11/26 8:30 PM EST at Cancun, Mexico
Spread: West Virginia -6
Odds from: 5Dimes Sportsbook
The Northern Iowa Panthers plays against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. Northern Iowa beat Cornell their last game out by a score of 88 to 66 while West Virginia beat Boston University by score of 69 to 44. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS
The Panthers average 70 points per game on offense and allow only 60 points per game on defense Panthers shoot 45% from the field with 34% coming from 3 averaging 9 threes per game.
Berhow (14.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 49 percent from 3-point range), a 6-5 junior, finished 8-of-11 on 3-pointers against UT Martin, to tie the single-game school record and break the McLeod Center mark by one. Freshman James Betz (4.8 points) had his best game of the season for the Panthers, picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference, scoring 16 points on 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Sophomore guard AJ Green, a preseason First Team All-MVC selection, is averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and four assists per game but shooting just 34 percent from the floor and 26 percent beyond the arc on 7.7 attempts per game.
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
The Mountaineers average 75 points per game while allowing only 60 points per game they shoot 44% from the field and 30% from the three-point line. West Virginia averages 12 offensive rebounds per game while forcing 15 turnovers per game and nine steals defenses West Virginia strong point.
Tshiebwe (12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds), named the Big 12 preseason Freshman of the Year, made his first seven shots and finished the game 10-of-13 from the field. Derek Culver (10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds) contributed 10 points and four rebounds as West Virginia outscored Boston 48-22 in the paint and scored 25 points off 22 Terriers turnovers. Senior guard Jermaine Haley is the leader, averaging a team-best 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 76 percent from the floor.
The Mountaineers defense should be able to keep Northern Iowa from scoring over their average 70 points per game and 9 threes per game also considering this is a neutral court game for shooters tend to be uncomfortable. This could be a low scoring matchup. However, the way West Virginia can make teams turn-over the ball can turn into offense. West Virginia has the experience to win this game and cover with their interior size advantages.
- WVU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
- Under is 6-2 in WVU last 8 non-conference games.
- Under is 34-15-2 in WVU last 51 Tue. games.
- UNI are 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 Tue. games.
- UNI are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big 12.
- Under is 11-2 in UNI last 13 overall.
Data Analysis: West Virginia -6 / Over 127.5
Fade the Public: Northern Iowa +6 / Over 127.5
Sharp Action: no data / no data