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Trends For Northern Iowa vs Texas West Regional

March 18, 2016

Many people on the East Coast might not be up to see the West Regional matchups on Friday night, but bettors will be keen to know some of the trends for the games.

In one of the two late night games, No. 11 Northern Iowa plays No. 6 Texas with a tip off scheduled for 9:50 p.m. EST.

Texas is 4.5-point chalk. The point total for the over/under is 124.

Shaka Smart the Texas head coach is 7-5 in NCAA Tournament play, having reached the Final Four once while at VCU.

Texas is 4-5 over its past 9 games played. The Longhorns last game was a loss to Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament.

Texas has been a favorite by single points on 12 occasions this season and is 5-7 against the spread.

Texas has played 18 games this season against team playing in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 8-10 SU while 10-8 ATS.

Texas has six wins over opponents in the RPI Top-25 including Iowa State, North Carolina, Baylor, Oklahoma and on two occasions West Virginia.

Isaiah Taylor leads Texas in scoring and assists. Cameron Ridley has returned for Texas after missing 20 games with a foot injury. He returned during the Big 12 Tournament but played just two minutes in the loss to Baylor.

For Texas, the UNDER has cashed in 17 of 31 games but in 3 of the past 4.

Northern Iowa has been nearly unbeatable since January 27. From that point on, the Panthers are 12-1 SU and 11-1-1 ATS. Northern Iowa is 6-0 SU and 5-0-1 ATS over its past six games played.

The Panthers won the season ending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament beating Southern Illinois, Wichita State and Evansville.

Northern Iowa has been a dog in 11 games this season and are 5-6 SU as well as ATS. Against RPI top-25 opponents, Northern Iowa is 2-0.

The Panthers are 5-2 SU against teams playing in the tournament including wins over North Carolina, Stephen F. Austin, Iowa State and Wichita State on two occasions.

The UNDER has cashed in 20 of the team’s 33 games with the past five straight cashing UNDER and seven of the past eight.

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