Northern Iowa vs. Texas - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Iowa Panthers (22-12) at Texas Longhorns (20-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 123 See the Latest Odds
The Northern Iowa Panthers and Texas Longhorns meet Friday in the NCAA Tournament at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Northern Iowa Panthers plays in its fourth tournament since the 2008 season. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 67.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 62.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Wes Washpun is averaging 14.3 points and 5.2 assists while Matt Bohannon is averaging 11.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Paul Jesperson is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Jeremy Morgan is dishing 2.3 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers are 5-1 this season on neutral courts.
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The Texas Longhorns are playing in their third straight NCAA tournament. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 71.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists while Javan Felix is averaging 10.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. Kerwin Roach Jr. is dishing 1.3 assists and Connor Lammert is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Longhorns are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns are 1-4 this season on neutral courts.
The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Longhorns are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
I'm not high on the Texas Longhorns, but they do have experienced guards, depth and a coach who has had great tournament success in the past. Northern Iowa is solid, as its beaten Iowa State, Wichita State and North Carolina. However, I think the coach makes the difference in this one. Give me the Longhorns.