MVC Championship Game Free Pick
Northern Iowa takes on Evansville in today's Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game at 2:00PM ET, where the Panthers are a slight favorite.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, Northern Iowa opened as a 1-point favorite but the line has already been bet up to 1.5. The Panthers upset Wichita State 57-52 in overtime as a 9-point underdog on Saturday afternoon and has clearly caught the public's attention, as 66% of wagers are currently on Northern Iowa to cover vs. Evansville today.
But despite their struggles in their opening game versus Missouri State, the Purple Aces got it together in a 68-42 rout over Indiana State last night. Marty Simmons' squad is also in a revenge spot today, as Northern Iowa beat the Purple Aces 54-52 at Evansville to close out the regular season.
When Evansville gets the ball in the paint to Egidijus Mockevicius they can bang with anyone. The Purple Aces also have two athletic, aggressive guards in D.J. Balentine and Jaylon Brown, plus a senior guard in Adam Wing that brings a solid all-around game to Evansville's veteran-laden squad. Look for the Purple Aces (who had the opportunity to rest some of thier players after blowing out Indiana State yesterday) to exact revenge today and take home the MVC's tournament crown at Scottrade.
MVC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FREE PICK: EVANSVILLE PURPLE ACES +2 (BUY 1/5 POINT)