Northern Iowa, Drake meet in MVC semis
Northern Iowa (15-17, 10-9) vs. Drake (24-8, 13-6)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Semifinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Saturday, 6:05 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MVC championship game is up for grabs as Northern Iowa and Drake are set to face off. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 9, when Northern Iowa made only four foul shots on six attempts while the Bulldogs hit 17 of 18 en route to a six-point victory.
STEPPING UP: Drake’s Nick McGlynn has averaged 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Tremell Murphy has put up 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. For the Panthers, AJ Green has averaged 14.9 points while Wyatt Lohaus has put up 9.9 points.
ACCURATE AJ: Green has connected on 34.2 percent of the 193 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 21 over his last five games. He’s also made 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bulldogs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Panthers. Drake has 41 assists on 75 field goals (54.7 percent) across its previous three contests while Northern Iowa has assists on 30 of 63 field goals (47.6 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Drake is rated first among MVC teams with an average of 76 points per game.