College basketball betting handicappers have long respected Northern Iowa for their March Madness betting tradition and the Panthers are again a top shelf MO-Valley contender. Northern Iowa led the Missouri Valley college basketball betting race with a mark of 22-3 straight up and 15-9 against the spread.
The Panthers have added to their March Madness betting credibility with a mark of 9-3 against the spread on the road and 5-1 against the spread as a dog. UNI padded their March Madness odds resume with straight up wins over intra-state rivals Iowa State of the Big 12 and Iowa of the Big Ten.
Northern Iowa would bring to the table one of the toughest defenses in all of college basketball betting as they ranked 2nd in the nation for points allowed. Northern Iowa made the “Big Dance” last year and lost in the first round to Purdue 56-61 while covering the spread as 8.5-point dogs.
Wichita State is another Missouri Valley college basketball betting commodity to pay close attention too. The Shockers had a college basketball betting record of 21-6 straight up and 10-9-1 against the spread. Wichita State’s signature wins were over Iowa and Texas Tech.
They are also a strong college basketball betting defensive team as they ranked 20th in the nation for points allowed. The Shockers split their two regular season games against Northern Iowa this year as both teams won at home although Wichita State covered the spread in both matchups.
Illinois State is another Missouri Valley team that merits serious college basketball betting consideration for the “Big Dance.” The Redbirds were 18-8 straight up but just 10-12 against the spread. Bradley could be a dangerous college basketball betting sleeper from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Bradley had a record of 13-12 straight up and 11-13 against the spread while scoring a 68-59 upset win and cover over Northern Iowa on February 13. The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament will be as intense and important as ever as this league often gets no more than a single bid.