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NIU Aims for Another Miracle vs A&M

You couldn’t have had a more different first-round than No. 11 Northern Iowa and No. 3 Texas A&M. The Aggies breezed to an easy 92-65 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay, while the Panthers hit a miraculous half court buzzer-beater to knock out Texas in heartbreaking fashion by a score of 75-72. Both sides will square off on Sunday in a Round of 32 matchup.

Shark Bites
  • This is Northern Iowa’s third appearance in round 2 in our records, they are 1-1 SU and ATS.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Texas A&M's last five games with a closing total of 127.0 or more.
  • Northern Iowa is 9-0 SU and 8-0-1 ATS in its last nine games against teams with winning records.

NIU opened as 6.5-point underdogs at most shops, and it won’t be surprising to see a lot of money come in on them in this game. The Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the nation when it comes to cashing tickets, going 12-1-1 ATS in its past 14.

UNDER bettors will find the total very appealing. In Northern Iowa’s last three with a closing total of 127 or more, the O/U has gone 0-3. Sportsbooks opened the total at 127 for this one.

If you’re looking to recent history to try and get a leg up in the matchup, there’s not much of a discrepancy when No. 3 and 11 seeds collide. Since 2010, three seeds have gone 3-4 SU versus 11th seeded opponents.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Texas A&M Aggies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Texas A&M Aggies battles the Northern Iowa Panthers, currently sitting with a 23-12 mark (20-13-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 14-17 for the Texas A&M Aggies and 14-20 for the Northern Iowa Panthers.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Texas A&M Aggies at No. 28 and the Northern Iowa Panthers at No. 61 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Northern Iowa is ranked No. 260 in NCAA basketball at 30.06 per game. Contrast that with Texas A&M's No. 38 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas A&M is the No. 88-ranked team in the country at 7.66 per game, while Northern Iowa rates No. 59 at 8.17 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Panthers got 17 points from Wes Washpun as Northern Iowa ran past Texas 75-72 on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Texas A&M cruised to victory on Friday, running Wisc-Green Bay out of the gym and running up a 92-65 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.