March Madness bet fans saw a level of play in the “Big Dance” from the Missouri Valley that year that forever changed the March Madness betting image of the league. This year features a strong trio of March Madness bet contenders from the Missouri Valley Conference that hope to break out their “Dance Shoes.”
Perennial Missouri Valley power Northern Iowa was leading the league’s March Madness betting race with a record of 24-4 straight up and 17-10 against the spread. Northern Iowa is one of the toughest defensive teams in all of March Madness gambling as they rank an astonishing 2nd best in the entire country for points allowed.
The Panthers have wins over big time programs such as Iowa, Iowa State and Boston College to pad their March Madness bet resume with. Right behind Northern Iowa were the Wichita State Shockers, a long time traditional March Madness bet commodity from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State had a March Madness bet record of 22-8 straight up and 10-12-1 against the spread. The Shockers also had wins over big time teams such as Iowa and Texas Tech to make their March Madness bet case with.
Wichita State would also be an excellent defensive team in March Madness bet action as they ranked 32nd in the nation for scoring defense, which is in the upper ten percent of the country. The Illinois State Redbirds had a March Madness bet mark of 21-8 straight up and 12-13 against the spread.
Illinois State’s signature win this year was over Mountain West Conference power Utah on December 19. As is always the case, however, in Missouri Valley Conference play, the post season league tournament will be a critical factor. If an unforeseen team upsets its way through it could ruin the dreams of the regular season leaders.
This trio cannot afford any letdowns between now and the end of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.