basketball | ncaab

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2020

Check GameAdvisers.com AI Computer Pick For NCAAB.
7 Day Trial for $1/Day

Making the right choices on the floor is important for any basketball team.

To succeed this year might take better choices off the floor than ever.

As No. 15 West Virginia prepares to open its season Wednesday against Northern Iowa in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D., coach Bob Huggins and his players are emphasizing the need for discipline across the board.

In a season that is likely to be defined by COVID-19 instead of thunder dunks and buzzer-beating 3-pointers, teams are going to have to be vigilant in every aspect of life.

"The national champion may not be the best team, but the team that manages these circumstances the best," Huggins said. "If you really want to win, then you're going to have to do a great job of management."

"The virus, you never know when it can get you," West Virginia junior forward Derek Culver said. "So if you can take the right precautions and stay one step ahead of getting sick and getting your teammates sick, it's a domino effect. This COVID thing has surprised me; it's a lot more serious than I thought it was."

Coronavirus has affected college basketball greatly before it's had a chance to tip off, and this tournament is an example. The Mountaineers were supposed to play Texas A&M, but the Aggies pulled out on Nov. 16, citing increased coronavirus rates in South Dakota, a pandemic hotspot.

Not that West Virginia is getting a break with a different opponent. The Panthers are one of the favorites to win the Missouri Valley Conference, sporting a seasoned cast, led by go-to scorer A.J. Green, a 6-4 junior guard who considered entering the NBA Draft but opted to stay in Cedar Falls.

Green averaged 19.7 points, three assists and three rebounds per game, winning the Valley's Larry Bird Player of the Year. He'd also like to make up for one of his few clunkers last year, when he faced the Mountaineers in Cancun and made just 2 of 15 shots from the field, scoring only five points in a 60-55 loss.

"Us having that rematch from playing them last year and coming up short, I just know my team is ready and fired up to come out this year and compete," senior guard Tywhon Pickford told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Both teams are loaded with experience. Northern Iowa returns two other double-figure scorers in addition to Green, and Pickford was its sixth man last year when the Panthers went 25-6 and won the Valley regular-season title before a stunning upset in the MVC tournament to eighth-seeded Drake.

As for the Mountaineers, they welcome back four starters from a 21-10 team, including the 1-2 punch inside of Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe. The 6-9, 260-pound Tshiebwe led West Virginia in scoring and rebounding last year at 11.2 and 9.3, respectively, and the 6-10, 255-pound Culver wasn't far behind at 10.4 and 8.6.

The duo was also a prime reason the Mountaineers outrebounded opponents by an average of 8.1 per game.

--Field Level Media

Need more winners Against the Spread? Get $60 in Free Premium Member Only picks from Doc’s Sports – A recognized leader and trusted name in sports handicapping since 1971. Click Here.

There are currently no AI-GENERATED COMPUTER PICKS released.

READ BELOW TO LEARN WHY.

How Our Computer Picks System Works

Our software doesn't simulate sports results like our competitors, we track real bets.

We have exclusive access to a database with 10,000+ real bettors. Our software tracks all of these players in real-time.

Our proprietary algorithms then rank every handicapper in the database based on how well they perform by sport and bet type.

When our system identifies multiple sharps betting on the same outcome, our software automatically publishes the AI pick above.

We have zero control on the picks released by our software. It's simply using algorithms to generate the sharpest sports picks with the most value (+EV).

Why Are There No Computer Picks?

Our AI system generates quality picks with a proven return on investment (ROI).

We believe in quality over quantity.

Some days, there may be zero AI picks, as our algorithms haven't generated any picks with enough value to be released .

We recommend not looking at the volume of bets released by our AI software, but look at the results and profits generated.

If there are no computer picks listed here, we still have daily sports picks from the pros.

Click this LINK to access all of the picks from our stable of experts. This page only lists our proprietary computer picks (AI-generated).

Mid-American

EastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Ohio Bobcats201.000 0-02-084.066.5W22-0-0
Miami (OH) Red Hawks101.000 1-00-081.067.0W11-0-0
Bowling Green Falcons01.000 0-00-182.096.0L10-0-1

America East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
New Hampshire Wildcats101.000 1-00-093.054.0W11-0-0
Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks101.000 0-01-076.068.0W11-0-0
MD Baltimore County Retrievers01.000 0-00-162.070.0L10-0-1

American Athletic Conference

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Houston Cougars101.000 1-00-089.045.0W11-0-0
Southern Methodist Mustangs101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
South Florida Bulls101.000 1-00-094.084.0W11-0-0
Memphis Tigers11.500 0-11-071.065.5L11-0-1

Atlantic 10

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Saint Louis Billikens101.000 1-00-089.052.0W11-0-0
Davidson Wildcats101.000 1-00-082.073.0W11-0-0
VCU Rams11.500 0-01-175.573.5L11-0-1
La Salle Explorers01.000 0-00-165.082.0L10-0-1
George Washington Colonials01.000 0-00-171.078.0L10-0-1
St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks01.000 0-10-091.096.0L10-0-1
Rhode Island Rams01.000 0-10-088.094.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
North Carolina Tar Heels101.000 1-00-079.060.0W11-0-0
Wake Forest Demon Deacons101.000 1-00-0111.051.0W11-0-0
NC State Wolfpack101.000 1-00-095.061.0W11-0-0
Virginia Cavaliers101.000 1-00-089.054.0W11-0-0
Louisville Cardinals101.000 1-00-079.044.0W11-0-0
Clemson Tigers101.000 0-01-053.042.0W11-0-0
Virginia Tech Hokies101.000 1-00-077.062.0W11-0-0
Pittsburgh Panthers01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets01.000 0-10-0120.0123.0L10-0-1
Boston College Eagles01.000 0-10-067.076.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Sun

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
North Alabama Lions101.000 1-00-098.074.0W11-0-0
Jacksonville Dolphins101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Kennesaw St. Fighting Owls101.000 1-00-087.040.0W11-0-0
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles101.000 1-00-065.056.0W11-0-0
Liberty Flames11.500 0-01-174.075.0L11-0-1
North Florida Osprey01.000 0-10-067.080.0L10-0-1

Big 12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
West Virginia Mountaineers201.000 2-00-078.568.5W22-0-0
Texas Longhorns101.000 1-00-091.055.0W11-0-0
Texas Christian Horned Frogs101.000 1-00-069.045.0W11-0-0
Texas Tech Red Raiders101.000 1-00-0101.058.0W11-0-0
Oklahoma State Cowboys101.000 0-01-075.068.0W11-0-0
Kansas Jayhawks01.000 0-00-190.0102.0L10-0-1
Kansas State Wildcats01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1

Big East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Xavier Musketeers201.000 2-00-076.049.5W22-0-0
St. John's Red Storm201.000 2-00-079.070.0W22-0-0
Providence Friars101.000 1-00-097.056.0W11-0-0
Georgetown Hoyas101.000 1-00-070.062.0W11-0-0
Villanova Wildcats101.000 0-01-076.067.0W11-0-0
Connecticut Huskies101.000 1-00-0102.075.0W11-0-0
Butler Bulldogs101.000 1-00-066.062.0W11-0-0
Marquette Golden Eagles101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0

Big Sky

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Weber St. Wildcats101.000 1-00-088.060.0W11-0-0
Montana St. Bobcats101.000 0-01-091.078.0W11-0-0
Sacramento State Hornets101.000 1-00-0101.057.0W11-0-0
Southern Utah Thunderbirds01.000 0-00-183.085.0L10-0-1
Idaho State Bengals01.000 0-00-149.062.0L10-0-1

Big South

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
High Point Panthers01.000 0-00-173.082.0L10-0-1
South Carolina Upstate Spartans01.000 0-10-072.082.0L10-0-1
Charleston Southern Buccaneers01.000 0-00-161.095.0L10-0-1
Radford Highlanders01.000 0-00-162.077.0L10-0-1

Big Ten

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Illinois Fighting Illini201.000 2-00-0109.549.0W22-0-0
Minnesota Golden Gophers101.000 1-00-099.069.0W11-0-0
Michigan Wolverines101.000 1-00-096.082.0W11-0-0
Ohio St Buckeyes101.000 1-00-094.067.0W11-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights101.000 1-00-086.063.0W11-0-0
Purdue Boilermakers101.000 1-00-077.064.0W11-0-0
Wisconsin Badgers101.000 1-00-077.067.0W11-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers101.000 1-00-089.059.0W11-0-0
Maryland Terrapins101.000 1-00-085.067.0W11-0-0
Michigan St Spartans101.000 1-00-083.067.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Cornhuskers11.500 1-10-084.062.0L11-0-1

Big West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
CSU Northridge Matadors101.000 1-00-097.079.0W11-0-0
UC Irvine Anteaters01.000 0-00-172.086.0L10-0-1
UC Riverside Highlanders01.000 0-00-160.066.0L10-0-1
UC Davis Aggies01.000 0-00-193.0101.0L10-0-1

Colonial Athletic Association

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Elon University Phoenix101.000 1-00-082.052.0W11-0-0
James Madison Dukes101.000 1-00-089.055.0W11-0-0
Charleston Cougars01.000 0-00-160.079.0L10-0-1
NC-Wilmington Seahawks01.000 0-00-176.098.0L10-0-1
Towson Tigers02.000 0-00-261.084.0L20-0-2

Conference USA

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers201.000 0-02-084.078.0W22-0-0
UAB Blazers101.000 1-00-099.050.0W11-0-0
Texas-El Paso Miners101.000 1-00-0100.081.0W11-0-0
Florida International Golden Panthers101.000 1-00-085.081.0W11-0-0
Old Dominion Monarchs01.000 0-00-167.085.0L10-0-1
Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders01.000 0-10-059.060.0L10-0-1
Florida Atlantic Owls01.000 0-00-166.068.0L10-0-1

Horizon League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons101.000 1-00-067.063.0W11-0-0
Northern Kentucky Norse101.000 1-00-074.073.0W11-0-0
Illinois-Chicago Flames101.000 0-01-065.061.0W11-0-0
Green Bay Phoenix01.000 0-00-169.099.0L10-0-1
Oakland Golden Grizzlies02.000 0-10-151.090.5L20-0-2

Metro Atlantic Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Quinnipiac Bobcats101.000 1-00-084.066.0W11-0-0
St. Peter's Peacocks01.000 0-00-175.076.0L10-0-1
Fairfield Stags01.000 0-00-156.097.0L10-0-1

Mid-Eastern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
North Carolina Central Eagles11.500 0-01-176.087.5L11-0-1
South Carolina State Bulldogs01.000 0-10-061.081.0L10-0-1
Delaware State Hornets01.000 0-00-151.0111.0L10-0-1
Morgan St. Bears01.000 0-10-055.062.0L10-0-1
Howard Bison01.000 0-10-078.095.0L10-0-1
Florida A&M Rattlers01.000 0-00-156.065.0L10-0-1
North Carolina A&T Aggies02.000 0-10-166.0103.0L20-0-2

Missouri Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Drake Bulldogs101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Bradley Braves11.500 1-00-155.555.0L11-0-1
Illinois St. Redbirds01.000 0-00-167.094.0L10-0-1
Evansville Purple Aces01.000 0-00-144.079.0L10-0-1
Northern Iowa Panthers02.000 0-10-175.579.5L20-0-2

Mountain West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack201.000 1-01-065.557.0W22-0-0
Fresno St. Bulldogs101.000 1-00-087.047.0W11-0-0
San Diego St. Aztecs101.000 1-00-073.058.0W11-0-0
Utah St. Aggies01.000 0-10-069.085.0L10-0-1
UNLV Runnin' Rebels01.000 0-10-078.091.0L10-0-1

Northeast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers101.000 0-01-062.055.0W11-0-0
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Sacred Heart Pioneers01.000 0-00-163.086.0L10-0-1
Central Conn. St. Blue Devils01.000 0-00-175.0102.0L10-0-1
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights01.000 0-00-166.084.0L10-0-1

Ohio Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Austin Peay Governors201.000 1-01-069.566.0W22-0-0
Belmont Bruins101.000 0-01-095.078.0W11-0-0
Eastern Kentucky Colonels101.000 0-01-080.067.0W11-0-0
Eastern Illinois Panthers01.000 0-00-167.077.0L10-0-1
Jacksonville St. Gamecocks01.000 0-00-157.081.0L10-0-1
Morehead St. Eagles01.000 0-00-145.081.0L10-0-1
SIU - Edwardsville Cougars01.000 0-00-152.089.0L10-0-1
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-159.089.0L10-0-1

Pacific-12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Oregon St. Beavers101.000 1-00-071.063.0W11-0-0
Washington St. Cougars101.000 1-00-056.052.0W11-0-0
Arizona State Sun Devils101.000 0-01-094.088.0W11-0-0
Colorado Buffaloes101.000 1-00-084.061.0W11-0-0
Southern California Trojans101.000 1-00-095.087.0W11-0-0
California Golden Bears11.500 1-00-174.566.0L11-0-1
UCLA Bruins01.000 0-00-158.073.0L10-0-1

Patriot League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Navy Midshipmen101.000 1-00-078.071.0W11-0-0
Army Black Knights101.000 1-00-093.032.0W11-0-0

Southeastern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Arkansas Razorbacks101.000 1-00-0142.062.0W11-0-0
Alabama Crimson Tide101.000 1-00-081.057.0W11-0-0
Missouri Tigers101.000 1-00-091.064.0W11-0-0
Kentucky Wildcats101.000 1-00-081.045.0W11-0-0
Auburn Tigers101.000 0-01-096.091.0W11-0-0
Mississippi State Bulldogs02.000 0-20-057.568.5L20-0-2

Southern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Wofford Terriers101.000 1-00-088.049.0W11-0-0
Mercer Bears101.000 1-00-079.048.0W11-0-0
VMI Keydets101.000 1-00-090.063.0W11-0-0
The Citadel Bulldogs101.000 1-00-089.064.0W11-0-0
Chattanooga Mocs101.000 1-00-099.063.0W11-0-0
Furman Paladins101.000 1-00-095.062.0W11-0-0
Western Carolina Catamounts101.000 1-00-098.076.0W11-0-0
East Tennessee St. Buccaneers02.000 0-00-256.568.5L20-0-2

Southland

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Abilene Christian Wildcats101.000 1-00-070.047.0W11-0-0
Texas A&M CC Islanders101.000 1-00-064.053.0W11-0-0
Nicholls State Colonels101.000 1-00-0101.093.0W11-0-0
Lamar Cardinals01.000 0-00-145.089.0L10-0-1
Northwestern St. Demons01.000 0-00-158.0101.0L10-0-1
McNeese St. Cowboys01.000 0-00-155.0102.0L10-0-1
Southeastern Louisiana Lions01.000 0-00-163.067.0L10-0-1
Sam Houston St. Bearkats01.000 0-00-167.097.0L10-0-1
Houston Baptist Huskies01.000 0-00-145.069.0L10-0-1

Southwestern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions01.000 0-00-157.099.0L10-0-1
Grambling State Tigers01.000 0-00-153.069.0L10-0-1
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils01.000 0-00-162.0142.0L10-0-1
Texas Southern Tigers01.000 0-00-152.056.0L10-0-1
Prairie View A&M Panthers01.000 0-00-166.071.0L10-0-1
Southern Jaguars01.000 0-10-078.085.0L10-0-1
Alcorn St. Braves01.000 0-00-150.099.0L10-0-1

Summit

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Kansas City Kangaroos101.000 1-00-0105.035.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks11.500 0-11-063.065.5L11-0-1
South Dakota State Jackrabbits01.000 0-00-171.079.0L10-0-1
North Dakota State Bison01.000 0-00-148.062.0L10-0-1
South Dakota Coyotes01.000 0-00-161.084.0L10-0-1
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-164.091.0L10-0-1
North Dakota Fighting Hawks01.000 0-00-167.081.0L10-0-1

Sun Belt

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Appalachian St. Mountaineers101.000 0-01-081.061.0W11-0-0
Texas State Bobcats101.000 1-00-098.059.0W11-0-0
Georgia Southern Eagles101.000 1-00-097.065.0W11-0-0
Little Rock Trojans101.000 1-00-071.066.0W11-0-0
South Alabama Jaguars101.000 1-00-068.066.0W11-0-0
Georgia St. Panthers101.000 0-01-0123.0120.0W11-0-0
Texas-Arlington Mavericks01.000 0-10-068.075.0L10-0-1

West Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Pacific Tigers101.000 1-00-066.060.0W11-0-0
Brigham Young Cougars101.000 1-00-0108.059.0W11-0-0
Loyola Marymount Lions101.000 1-00-085.083.0W11-0-0
Pepperdine Waves101.000 1-00-086.072.0W11-0-0
Gonzaga Bulldogs101.000 1-00-0102.090.0W11-0-0
Santa Clara Broncos101.000 1-00-062.049.0W11-0-0
St. Mary's Gaels11.500 1-10-061.068.5L11-0-1
San Francisco Dons11.500 1-10-073.572.0L11-0-1
Portland Pilots01.000 0-10-072.084.0L10-0-1

Western Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Tarleton State 101.000 1-00-0103.048.0W11-0-0
Seattle Redhawks101.000 0-01-084.072.0W11-0-0
Grand Canyon Antelopes101.000 1-00-069.053.0W11-0-0
California Baptist Lancers01.000 0-00-187.095.0L10-0-1
Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros01.000 0-00-155.091.0L10-0-1
Chicago St. Cougars02.000 0-10-149.590.5L20-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Toledo Rockets11.500 0-01-169.557.0L11-0-1
Western Michigan Broncos01.000 0-00-162.066.0L10-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles01.000 0-00-167.083.0L10-0-1
Northern Illinois Huskies01.000 0-10-061.065.0L10-0-1
Ball St. Cardinals01.000 0-00-173.074.0L10-0-1

Last Injuries

Northern Iowa Panthers

  • Trae Berhow

    Illness
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Berhow sat out the previous game due to COVID-19 protocols. It is unknown if he will face Saint Mary's on Thursday.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Miles McBride, who led West Virginia with 18 points, made three free throws in the last 14 seconds to help clinch the Mountaineers' 60-55 win Tuesday night over Northern Iowa in a semifinal game of the Cancun Classic at Riviera Maya, Mexico.

McBride made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to put West Virginia (5-0) ahead 58-55. Northern Iowa, which blew a 15-point second half lead, was unable to convert with A.J. Green missing a shot in the lane.

McBride was fouled with three seconds left and made both free throws.

The Mountaineers will face Wichita State in the championship game Wednesday.

Jermaine Haley had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Derek Culver, West Virginia's third-leading scorer at 10.8 points a game, went 0 of 5 from the field, but he pulled down 15 rebounds.

Northern Iowa (6-1) was led by Isaiah Brown's 15 points and six rebounds.

Northern Iowa's last points came when Justin Dahl made a shot in the lane after grabbing an offensive rebound with 1:27 left to put the Panthers ahead 55-53.

Dahl fouled out after reaching in on a shot by Emmitt Matthews Jr. with 1:02 left. Matthews made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 55-54.

Northern Iowa's Spencer Halderman missed a layup on the other end and Matthews grabbed the defensive rebound. West Virginia called a timeout with 26.1 seconds left.

Matthews tapped the ball in off a miss with 16.5 remaining, but he hit the ground hard with the back of his head after falling to the floor on a flagrant-1 foul by Halderman, who appeared to undercut Matthews.

Sean McNeil made one of two free throws for Matthews, who was unable to take the free throws, to give West Virginia a 57-55 lead.

The Panthers went on a 16-2 run to take a 39-24 lead with 14:54 left in regulation. Six different Northern Iowa players scored in that stretch, including Dahl's frontcourt teammate Austin Phyfe, who was called for his fourth foul with 18:04 remaining.

Phyfe, who was averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, sat until 7:36 was left with Northern Iowa ahead 46-37. He later fouled out as well.

The Mountaineers got hot from 3-point range to go on an 18-4 run to take a 51-50 lead with 2:45 left.

--Field Level Media