UNLV and Northern Iowa square off tonight for first round March Madness action, in a game which oddsmakers have deemed the tightest match up of the first round. This UNLV vs Northern Iowa match up is a 8 vs 9 seed game in the Midwest Region, with UNLV given the 8 seed and Northern Iowa being the 9 seed. UNLV finished the season with a 25-8 overall record, and were 11-5 in the Mountain West Conference. The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels advanced to the MWC tournament finals on Saturday, where they lost to a solid San Diego State team by 10 points. The Northern Iowa Panthers come into the tournament with a 28-4 overall record, and were 15-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI managed to win both the regular season and tournament title in the MVC conference, with a 15 point victory in the MVC championship game over Wichita State. This UNLV vs Northern Iowa game guarantees to be exciting, and below you can find the betting lines, spread, odds and my prediction on the game.
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UNLV vs Northern Iowa Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
Over 116 (-110)
Under 116 (-110)
UNLV vs Northern Iowa Predictions:
Spread/Line Predictions – The UNLV Rebels come into today’s game with a 6-1 record in their past 7 games, including a 4 point win over the BYU Cougars, who as I write this look like they are advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. UNLV shot just 32% from the field in their conference title game, but I expect them to be better today. This will no doubt be a close game, but I have UNLV coming on top, as I think they are a more talented team than Northern Iowa. BET UNLV AS A PICK’EM.
Over/Under Predictions – The Northern Iowa Panthers allowed no better than 33.3% shooting in their three conference tournament games last week, while UNLV shot only 32.7% from the field in the conference title game. The under is 21-6 in Northern Iowa’s last 27 games overall, and the under is 7-3 in UNLV’s last 10 games overall. BET THE UNDER 116.
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