With less than a month before the bids go out for the NCAA Tournament, we will take a look at several teams playing this Tuesday. We will examine how they might fair from betting perspective along with their positioning for March Madness. Will these teams be clutch or are they headed for NIT or worse yet? Time to look at these four situations.
Missouri’s (17-8, 13-11 ATS) tied for 4th place in the SEC with Alabama and has won four in a row after dropping three straight. The big difference for the Tigers, they have gotten back to previous flow in their offense. In the half court sets the ball is moving again, with less standing around and senseless dribbling. Missouri is 11-2 (6-6 ATS) in Columbia and should be a four-point favorite over Texas A&M (17-8, 11-11 ATS). The Aggies have gotten healthy and are playing with the same early season confidence. The guards are setting up the big guys and as a team, they are shooting over 50 percent during this four-game win streak. Both clubs cannot afford many mistakes the rest of the way and this could be a table-setter for the rest of the season for the winner.
Nebraska (19-8, 19-6 ATS) is presently in fourth in the Big Ten standings and has a very favorable remaining schedule if they win out, but this sets up as a must win for the Cornhuskers. Though the RPI is not the final say, Nebraska is 55th and Maryland (17-8, 13-10-2) is 60th. At this point, not many would argue Nebraska is the better team, yet looking at the strength of schedule will favor the Terrapins who are 36th, compared to the Huskers at123rd. Indicators are Nebraska will be a four or five-point favorite and they have played tremendously in Lincoln, with a 13-1 record (10-2 ATS), winning by 10.7 points a contest. The stakes are extremely high for both these Big Ten rivals.