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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Wyoming Cowboys NCAA Tournament - 3/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wyoming Cowboys (25-9) at Northern Iowa Panthers (30-3)

College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm (KeyArena)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Wyoming Cowboys are out to prove they belong in the Big Dance when they open the tournament with the Northern Iowa Panthers.

 The Wyoming Cowboys were a surprise winner against  San Diego State in the Mountain West championship. They might be a surprise but their numbers are pretty good at 25-9 and 14-7 in the conference although the #176 SOS isn’t the strongest. The defensive minded Cowboys only give up 56 points while scoring 62 points on 46% which means this team is strong in the half court. The Cowboys toughest non conference game was a loss to Southern Methodist with the schedule not getting tough until league play began. Larry Nance Jr.is  the star of this team with team highs of 16 points and seven rebounds with Josh Adams netting 13 points.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Wyoming Cowboys NCAA Tournament - 3/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 The #10 Northern Iowa Panthers were an outstanding 30-3 overall and 19-2 in the Missouri Valley but they might be best known for knocking Wichita State from atop the conference. The Panthers made their living at the defensive end of the floor with a mere 54 points given up on 39% shooting while soring 65 points on exceptional 48% marksmanship. Of course the number 124 strength of schedule wasn’t great but they did knock off Stephen F. Austin, Iowa and Richmond. Seth Tuttle is the star of the show with 15 points and almost seven rebounds on over 61% shooting with seven players scoring between 5-7 points to give the offense plenty of balance and scoring.

 The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and  are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley while going 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 8-1-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win and  13-3-3 ATS in their last 19 games overall. Northern Iowa  are 12-3-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. win and  6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

The Cowboys and Panthers play the same style so if it’s low scoring the points will be valuable…

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Wyoming Cowboys +7.5

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