Dave's College Basketball Picks, Feb. 18: Drake at Northern Iowa

dave darbySenior Analyst IFebruary 17, 2009

Drake (15-12, 6-9) at Northern Iowa (18-8, 12-3)

Line: Northern Iowa -8

Drake took one on the chops Sunday against Illinois State. The Redbirds outplayed the Bulldogs from start to finish in a 67-45 Drake defeat. The loss was the second straight double-digit loss and fifth losing effort in the Bulldogs' last six games. Back on Jan. 17, Northern Iowa beat Drake by 22.

With two losses in their last three games, Northern Iowa is stumbling to the Missouri Valley Conference finish line. The latest defeat came on the road to Wichita State 61-69. The one-game lead in the standings is looking very small with Creighton playing so well.  The Panthers also have a road game left against Illinois State, who sits just two games back.


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