Despite a 7-5 record, Northern Iowa Panthers is a better team than it might appear. Now will they make big dance, probably not, being that they are in a tough Missouri Valley Conference. But, they’ve had a tough schedule, and fared better than expected in my eyes. They have played several ranked teams, or past ranked teams such as Louisville, Memphis, and UNLV. Minus the UNLV game, they lost by only 5 points to Memphis & Louisville. Now they face off against Wichita State Shockers, a team I actually really like. Although they haven’t been world beaters, they can shock this year. People forget though, Wichita State have been without top scorer Carl Hall since after the Tennessee game. Granted they won both games, he still is a big factor as to why they have the potential to be dancing this year. I really think Wichita State wins this game, especially being at home, but if you look at their margin or victory, and Northern Iowa’s margin of defeats…it’s only by a few points. Now, styles make matchups, but I think Northern Iowa has been so good this year at being competitive, that Wichita State won’t be able to blow them out. Take the +8 here, as I think it’s one too many points for Wichita State to cover.