The Missouri Valley Conference is more than simply previous Cinderella Loyola-Chicago. Drake simply beat Missouri State (9-3, 5-3) in back-to-back video games after being off for 3 weeks due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs have been on absolute fire and have remarkable non-conference wins over Kansas State and Air Force.
Its the Cinderella from the little conference that doesnt get much press that drives bettors and fans alike to enjoy the annual NCAA competition. It was reported that Americans bet $8.5 billion on the last competition (2019 ).
UTAH STATE (13-5, 10-2 MWC).
Utah State has one of the biggest lineups in the nation and its programs on defense. 7-footer Neemius Queta leads the Aggies in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg), assists (3.1 apg), and blocks (2.9 bpg). Queta is one of the reasons that Utah State has among the most impressive protective performance numbers (89.7) in the nation. After starting the season 1-3, the Aggies won 11 directly. The most points Utah State permitted during that streak was 64. They held opponents to fewer than 60 points in eight of those games. Defense like that can assist pull an upset or 2 come tournament time.
Loyola is now 10-3-1 ATS for the season and 8-1-1 ATS in their last ten video games. Head coach Porter Mosers team is likewise the protecting conference champion and has an adjusted efficiency margin that ranks second amongst all mid-major programs at 17.70.
OTHERS TO WATCH.
LOYOLA (13-3, 8-1 MVC).
Belmont has been the class of the Ohio Valley Conference the previous couple of years. The Bruins won the previous two routine season titles and last seasons conference competition making a bid to the NCAA tourney that was cancelled. Belmont is off to another terrific start at 16-1. Even better, they are 10-0 ATS.
Head coach Porter Mosers group is likewise the safeguarding conference champion and has an adjusted efficiency margin that ranks second among all mid-major programs at 17.70. The Bruins won the previous two regular season titles and last seasons conference competition earning a bid to the NCAA tourney that was cancelled.
In addition to Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure (8-1, 6-1) and Richmond (10-4, 4-2) are both contenders in the Atlantic-10. The Bonnies are a strong 6-3 ATS. Richmond has some big wins– Kentucky on the roadway and Loyola on a neutral court– but also has some actually bad losses (Hofstra and LaSalle, both in the house).
The Bulldogs arent always great at any one thing. They own an effectiveness margin– protective efficiency subtracted from offending effectiveness– of 13.56. That ranks just 57th nationally, but it is among the finest among mid-major programs. Regardless, Drake does the most important thing consistently– win.
Its the Cinderella from the small conference that doesnt get much press that drives bettors and fans alike to like the yearly NCAA competition. They have one conference loss– a 76-71 upset to Indiana State– and will deal with Drake on back-to-back nights in mid-February. Those two games will likely choose who wins the Missouri Valley Conferences routine season title.
Approximately three years removed from a trip to the Final Four, the Ramblers are as soon as again among the very best mid-major programs in the nation. They have one conference loss– a 76-71 upset to Indiana State– and will face Drake on back-to-back nights in mid-February. Those 2 games will likely choose who wins the Missouri Valley Conferences routine season title.
As bettors prepare for the upcoming madness, here are some mid-major programs to watch on. A number of have actually been really good to wagerers so far this season.
DRAKE BULLDOGS (15-0, 6-0 MVC).
Richmond ranks first in the conference in offensive performance. They shoot 52.5 percent on all two-pointers and 37 percent on three-pointers. They do not turn the ball over a lot and the combination of guard Blake Francis (16.6 ppg) and forward Grant Golden (14.8 ppg) averages over 30 points per game. The Spiders are streaky and could be one of those 11, 12, or 13 seeds that pulls the upset and wins a first-round video game.
The Aggies are battling Boise State (13-2, 9-1) for control of the Mountain West Conference. Utah State will take on the Broncos on Feb. 17 and 19 in games that will probably decide which group wins the regular season conference title.
The kicker is that Drake is an ideal 15-0 versus the spread and that includes the 2 wins over Missouri State, which was 6-1 ATS before losing consecutive games to the Bulldogs. Drake has a dynamic backcourt that includes the duo of Roman Penn (12.1 ppg) and D.J. Wilkins (11.3 ppg). The teams leading scorer is ShanQuan Hemphill who averages 14.2 points per game.