Missouri State Bears at Northern Iowa Panthers
Missouri State (7-10 MVC) hopes to bounce back from three straight losses, while UNI (6-11 MVC) is coming off a 68-63 win over Valparaiso on Feb. 20. These teams met on Jan. 4 with Missouri State winning 62-55 at home.
Bears’ brief winning streak is over
Missouri State defeated Indiana State by 19 and Evansville by 17 going into their game with Southern Illinois on Feb. 14. They lost that game in overtime by one and then fell to Drake (67-63) and Bradley (82-78) at home. In their loss to Bradley on Wednesday, Jarred Dixon scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead Missouri State. The Bears were up by three at the half thanks to 11 straight points by Dixon midway through the first half. They were up eight, 61-53 with 9:42 left before the Braves went on a 12-0 run to take a four-point lead. The game would go back-and-forth before Bradley made enough foul shots down the stretch to win the game.
Jarrid Rhodes added 20 points, while Alize Johnson had six points and 11 rebounds. The Bears shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 13-of-30 from beyond the arc (43.3%). Bradley shot 46.2 percent and 9-of-21 from beyond the arc. The problem for Missouri State was that they went to the line just 9 times, while the Braves went 31 times, making 25. Johnson leads the Beras wtih 15.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
Panthers looking for a run
It’s too late to go on a long winning streak unless you win your conference tournament. That’s why Northern Iowa will need to do as they’ve haven’t won two straight since beating Drake and Valpo in back-to-back games in mid-January. The Panthers received 25 points from star center Bennett Koch (8-of-8 FG) to lead them over Valpo on the road on Tuesday. Klint Carlson and Spencer Halderman added 11 points apiece for UNI, who shot 55.3 percent from the field. Valp shot 46 percent from the floor but just 8-of-13 from the line.
Koch leads the Panthers with 12.7 points per game on 6.0 rebounds. He’s shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and 74.2 percent from the line. Tyshon Pickford adds 9.6 points and leads the Panthers with 8.1 rebound per game. On the season, UNI is averaging just 64.7 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting (33.8% 3pt). They rank seventh in the nation in points per game allowed (63.1ppg), while holding teams to 41.7 percent shooting (36.9% 3pt).
Missouri State is:
- 6-1-1 ATS last 8 on the road in series.
- 1-6 ATS last 7 Saturday games.
- 1-4-1 ATS last 6 vs. MVC.
UNI is a slow tempo team, that has won games by scoring 47 points (Evansville). They aren’t going to win games in the 80s. The road team is 29-11-1 ATS the last 41 in series. They won the first game by seven and will cover this one on the road.