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Texas vs. Northern Iowa - 3/18/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (22-12) vs. Texas Longhorns (20-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Texas Longhorns and the Northern Iowa Panthers face off on Friday in a West Region first round college basketball match up in the NCAA Tournament.

The Texas Longhorns overcame a slow start to the season to finish the season at 20-12 and they are the number six seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Texas is averaging 71.3 points per game and they are shooting 43.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Isaiah Taylor leads the Longhorns averaging 14.8 points per game. Javan Felix is averaging 10.6 points, Kerwin Roach Jr. is averaging 7.6 points, and Eric Davis Jr. is averaging 7.3 points. Texas is 1-4 in neutral site games and 9-3 in games outside of the Big 12.

Texas vs. Northern Iowa - 3/18/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers are 22-12 this season and as winners of the Missouri Valley Tournament they enter the NCAA Tournament as the number 11 seed in the West Region. Northern Iowa is averaging 67.5 points per game and they are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Wes Washpun leads UNI averaging 14.3 points and 5.2 assists per game. Matt Bohannon is averaging 11.8 points, Paul Jesperson is averaging 10.7 points, and Jeremy Morgan is averaging 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Northern Iowa is 5-1 in neutral site games and 8-5 in games outside of the MVC.

Texas is 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 games, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven NCAA Tournament games. Northern Iowa is 6-0 against the spread against the Big 12, 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 neutral site games, and 7-0-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

Northern Iowa is as live as an underdog as there is in this year’s NCAA Tournament with a solid chance to win outright in a game that might not even be that close; I look for UNI to cover easily. 

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Northern Iowa Panthers +4.5

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