Belmont @ Northern Iowa
Current Records: Belmont 20-10; Northern Iowa 13-16
What to Know
After two games on the road, the Northern Iowa Panthers are heading back home. The Panthers and the Belmont Bruins will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday at McLeod Center. Belmont should still be riding high after a victory, while Northern Iowa will be looking to get back in the win column.
A win for Northern Iowa just wasn't in the stars this past Wednesday as the squad never even grasped a temporary lead. They suffered a grim 86-63 defeat to the Southern Illinois Salukis. A silver lining for Northern Iowa was the play of guard Tytan Anderson, who had 21 points along with five boards.
Meanwhile, Belmont escaped with a win this past Wednesday against the Indiana State Sycamores by the margin of a single free throw, 89-88. Kudos to the oddsmakers for accurately forecasting both the winner and the close margin. Five players on the Bruins scored in the double digits: guard Ben Sheppard (18), guard Ja'Kobi Gillespie (16), forward Drew Friberg (15), guard Keishawn Davidson (14), and forward Cade Tyson (13). Drew Friberg's performance made up for a slower matchup against the Drake Bulldogs last week.
Northern Iowa's loss took them down to 13-16 while Belmont's win pulled them up to 20-10. In Belmont's victory, Friberg had 15 points in addition to seven rebounds and Ja'Kobi Gillespie had 16 points. We'll see if the Panthers have a strategy for dealing with them or if they lead their team to another successful outing.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET
- Where: McLeod Center -- Cedar Falls, Iowa
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Live Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports App
- Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV
- Ticket Cost: $5.00
The Bruins are a 3-point favorite against the Panthers, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bruins as a 2.5-point favorite.
Belmont won the only game these two teams have played in the last nine years.
- Jan 14, 2023 - Belmont 76 vs. Northern Iowa 72