Northern Colorado Bears vs. North Dakota Sioux Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/29/13
North Dakota Sioux (3-7) at Northern Colorado Bears (6-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)
The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The North Dakota Sioux look to get back on the winning track at Northern Colorado.
The losses have been mounting for North Dakota and even the home floor didn't help in 77-70 loss to South Dakota State as their defense continues to give up too many points. The Sioux connected at 47% from the floor but the visitors sank nearly half their looks and turned 22 ND personals in to a 19-12 edge. Troy Huff exploded for a game high 30 points on 10-14 shooting with the duo of Jaron Nash and Jamal Webb tossing in 12 points each while Aaron Anderson chipped in with nine points. Production was difficult to find outside of these four despite going eight deep in the rotation.
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I'm still not sure what type of team Northern Colorado has although it appears they will be very competitive in the Big Sky. The Bears have shown some scoring ability and have been able to generate stops at the defensive end although neither were strong last time out in a 71-59 loss at Wyoming where they actually led by a basket at the break. The offense stalled on 37% shooting while the Cowboys scorched the nets at nearly 70% which negated the Bears 26 extra attempts. The Northern Colorado attack received 17 points from Dominique Lee with Tevin Svihovec netting eleven points and six yanks while Derrick Barden and Jordan Wilson netted ten points each with Barden grabbing six boards.
Northern Colorado has played some bigger names well so the numbers point to them here at home. I see no reason the Bears don't get the job done unless they don't shoot straight...