Idaho Vandals vs. New Mexico State Vandals
Date/Time: March 15, 2014, 10:00 p.m. EST
Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
College Basketball Betting Odds from BetDSI
The college basketball conference championships come down to one very important game. Depending on what conference a team plays in could ultimately change the outcome of the championship game. Teams in bigger conferences can lose the championship game and still make the NCAA Tournament game as a bubble team. However in smaller, lesser known conferences like the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) there is only one way to get an invite to the big dance; win the tournament.
The Idaho Vandals and the New Mexico State Vandals realize that if they want to get to the Promised Land and at least play one game as part of the March Madness, they need to win this game. Losers will go home or play in a lesser tournament. This is especially true for the Idaho Vandals who are the No. 5 seed in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament are hoping that they can keep along their path with one more upset over the Aggies.
In the last outing, the Vandals almost made it easy. Stephen Madison led all scorers with 25 points, as the Idaho Vandals outlasted the Utah Valley Wolverines, 74-69 and will look to ride the wave in the championship game. Madison shot 7-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line for fifth-seeded Idaho and he will get most of the attention from the defense of the Aggies in this game.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that the Aggies have the edge when it comes to wagering angles. The Vandals are 5-11 against the spread (ATS) in their last 16 games against a foe from the Western Athletic Conference, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win against the spread. The Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss against the spread but it should be noted that they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. In recent meetings the Aggies have the sports betting edge for college basketball handicappers as the Vandals are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Vandals are true Cinderella’s in this game and they have a chance to finish an improbable run. They will arrive motivated and confident for the big championship game and they will win the tournament and they will upset the Aggies and celebrate as they will go dancing!
Free Pick: Idaho Vandals
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