Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Friday March 20th, 2015. At 2:45 PM EST on the CBS Network.
The (20-13) and number ten seed Indiana Hoosiers of the Big-Ten Conference takes the trip from their campus to the Cornhuskers State. Indiana will play the (28-4) and #7 seed Wichita State Shockers of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2015 NCAA Tournament action. The teams will play at the CenturyLink Center in cozy Omaha, Nebraska in the Midwest Region. This Sports Handicapper believes the Indiana Hoosiers easily got in the “FIELD OF 68”, most experts thought Indiana was on the bubble. Wichita State wants to prove they still have a good basketball team. The opening betting line has Indiana as a five and a half-point underdog on a neutral site Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 140 for Friday’s game.
The 2015 Indiana Hoosiers lost to Maryland in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament 75-69 on Friday March 13th. The Hoosiers average 77.5 points per game scoring. The Hoosiers rank 124th nationally on defense. Indiana lost four of five down the stretch both straight up and Against The Spread. Head Coach Tom Crean has all of the resources he needs to attract big time players. Junior Point Guard Kevin “YOGI” Farrell is the team’s leading scorer and one of the best in the Conference. Freshman James Blackmon Jr. is a natural putting the ball in the bucket and is second on the team scoring with 15.8 points per contest. Forward Troy Wiliams is a 6’7″ slasher who can get rebounds. The betting odds over the total are 13-3 Indiana last sixteen out of Conference. The Indiana Hoosiers are 3-2 their last five 2015 NCAA Basketball Betting Picks away from Bloomington, going over the betting odds total all three times and staying under the betting odds total twice. The key to a Hoosiers win is to push at a fast pace. The Guard matchup between Farrell and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State is one to keep and eye on going forward. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Ole Miss at 200/1 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Championship.
The 2015 Wichita State Shockers lost to Illinois State in the “VALLEY” Conference Tournament semifinals in St.Louis on March 7th. Wichita State is second in the Conference behind Northern Iowa, another team in the field. The Shockers score 69.7 points per game. Wichita State ranks seventh nationally in defense. Head Coach Greg Marshall has a taste of the Final Four; two years ago Wichita State made it. The Shockers took an undefeated regular season record in the 2014 round of 32 and lost to Kentucky. The guard combination of Ron Baker and Fred VanVellt is one of the best no one has ever heard of, but they can play. The Shockers are 11-4 Against The Spread their last fifteen on Friday’s. The Wichita State Shockers have dropped their last two ATS. Wichita State is familiar with the setting in Omaha; the Shockers used to play Creighton at the Century Link Center. Creighton was once in the Missouri Valley Conference. Bovada has Xavier at 50/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Basketball title.