Northern Iowa vs. UNLV NCAA Bracket Predictions 2010: The No. 8 seed UNLV Rebels (25-8) mens basketball team, of the Mountain West Conference, will tangle with 9-seed Northern Iowa (28-4) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Bracket at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. Tip off is set for 7:10 p.m. Eastern.
Early betting trends show the public leaning towards Northern Iowa by 78 percent while 54 percent of March Madness gamblers betting the OVER on the posted 116-total.
Northern Iowa earned the MVC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the league tournament title with wins over Drake (55-40), Bradley (57-40) and Wichita State (67-52) in St. Louis.
The UNLV Rebels will enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 25-8 overall. UNLV is the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional bracket.The Rebels are one of four teams from the Mountain West Conference to earn slots in this year's NCAA Tournament.
Northern Iowa wants a game in the high 50's or low 60's. The Panthers prefer half-court, grind-it-out affairs. UNI allowed more than 68 points just twice this season and held 11 opponents to 50 or fewer. Northern Iowa has good size, which has to worry UNLV coach Lon Kruger, whose team is outrebounded by almost one per game.
College Basketball Predictions: We expect the total to go OVER the posted 116 total.
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