Texas vs UNI March Madness Odds
On Friday night, the Texas Longhorns take on Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Longhorns (20-12) hold the #6 seed in the West region, while Northern Iowa holds the #11 seed, and the Panthers are this year’s Missouri Valley Conference champions. Find out the updated college hoops lines here.
Texas Longhorns vs North Iowa Panthers March Madness Odds
When: Friday, March 18, 2016, 9:45 PM ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: Texas Longhorn IMG Radio Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Texas (-4.5)
Why should you bet on the Longhorns?
Texas doesn’t come to the tournament with Rick Barnes at the helm; their new coach is Shaka Smart, who made a career out of taking VCU deep into the March Madness bracket each season. His Longhorns play a pressure-oriented defense that thrives on turnovers. Their offense is not particularly stout; when they win, it is because their defense has turned opponent possessions into second-chance points thanks to stealing the ball.
Why should you put your money on UNI?
UNI is not your typical 11-seed, and their placement in the bracket, quite frankly, reflects the selection committee’s bias toward Power 5 conference teams. UNI beat North Carolina and Iowa State early in the season, when both teams were ranked in the top 5 in the AP poll. They did hit a bit of a soft patch early in their conference schedule, but they finished with 12 wins in their last 13 games. Their defense packs the middle and makes you shoot over them, but their offense is a free-flowing offense that loves to heave bombs from downtown. Their ball management is terrific — and the nation is about to meet Wes Washpun, whose 21 points and eight assists were a major catalyst in the team’s win over UNC.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think that UNI matches up quite well with this Longhorn team. I think that UNI will not only cover this spread but they will win straight up. I’m predicting a 72-68 victory.