Coming off an impressive 30-3 SU and 19-9-3 ATS campaign, the No. 5 Northern Iowa Panthers are a popular sleeper pick heading into this year's NCAA Tournament.
But the Panthers kick off their postseason on Friday at Key Arena against a tough No. 12 seed in the Wyoming Cowboys. NIU was favored by 6 points in early betting over at BetOnline.
Northern Iowa handed Wichita State its only loss in conference play in a 70-54 win at home in January and won the Missouri Valley Tournament without having to play Wichita State after the Shockers were upset in the semi-finals by Illinois State. The Panthers offense runs through leading scorer and rebounder Seth Tuttle, and the team will go as far as he takes them.
No. 12 Wyoming was a big surprise in the Mountain West Tournament, upsetting Boise State as a 4.5-point underdog and San Diego State as a 6-point underdog to win the conference title. The Cowboys will look for another upset against Northern Iowa after finishing the season just 11-18 ATS.
Wyoming won outright four of five games as underdogs in March and they get points from shops such as MyBookie here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Wyoming Cowboys will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Friday; they are 11-18 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Northern Iowa Panthers are 19-9-3 ATS. Wyoming Cowboys are 16-6-1 on betting the total; Northern Iowa Panthers are 15-12.
The Panthers - Cowboys odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Iowa is rated No. 7 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Wyoming is at No. 224.
How Wyoming Cowboys vs Northern Iowa Panthers Stats Matchup
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Iowa's No. 164 nationally ranked offense (65.36 points per game) against a Wyoming Cowboys defense that sits as the No. 6 at 55.97 PPG. The Northern Iowa Panthers have been averaging 48.29% from the field, more than the Cowboys have managed so far this season (46.15% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Wyoming earned a 45-43 victory over San Diego State on Saturday, getting 14 points from Larry Nance Jr. at Thomas & Mack Center.
The Panthers grabbed a 69-60 win over the Redbirds on Sunday, behind a 15-point effort from Nate Buss at Scottrade Center.
Northern Iowa vs Wyoming betting trends:
Northern Iowa 10-2-1 ATS past 13 games
Only one loss since Jan. 1 (19-1 SU) for NIU
Wyoming won outright four of five games as underdogs in March
Northern Iowa 19-1 SU since losing on New Year’s Day
Northern Iowa on a 12-2-3 ATS run as favorite
First Madness appearance for Cowboys since 2002
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