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Evansville hasn’t been finding much success in conference play as the Purple Aces now stand 10-11 overall and 1-7 in the MVC. Evansville has been largely competitive in their defeats, but the Purple Aces have just been unable to come through in a number of their close games. Evansville is riding a 6 game losing streak and in their last outing the Purple Aces fell to Loyola Illinois on the road by a final of 61-67. The Purple Aces have been fading on the offensive side of the ball being unable to score more than 65 points in each of their last 4 games. Evansville likes to play at a slower pace ranking 44th in the nation in total defense compared to 291st in scoring average.
Northern Iowa has been a disappointment so far this season, but the Panthers have potential and they’ve picked up their play as of late winning three straight coming into this matchup. Northern Iowa picked up a nice upset win in their last outing on the road against Southern Illinois beating the Salukis by a final of 58-57. Northern Iowa is another MVC squad that leans heavily on their defense for success as the Panthers stand 61st in the nation in total defense compared to 327th in scoring average. Northern Iowa has one of the better players in the conference with guard Jeremy Morgan who’s averaging 16.3 points per game.
Northern Iowa is starting to pick up some momentum as they head into this revenge game against Evansville. The Panthers fell to the Purple Aces on the road earlier in conference when the Panthers were really struggling. We like Northern Iowa to continue to build off of their recent success as they go on to win and cover the spread.
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