Idaho State Bengals vs. Northern Colorado Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/6/14
Northern Colorado Bears (13-6) at Idaho State Bengals (7-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm (Holt Arena)
The Line: Idaho State Bengals +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Idaho State Bengals play host to Big Sky rival the Northern Colorado Bears in Thursday night action.
The Big Sky appears to be wide open with two games all that seperates the top five teams. Northern Colorado has been stuck in limbo with consecutive losses having them sitting in second with a 7-3 mark. The Bears can score and defend but are inconsistent at times which happens generally away from home. UNC looks to get back to the win column after a 94-90 overtime defeat at Eastern Washington. The Eagles connected at 54% with 16 bombs outlasting the Bears nearly 49% accuracy and 17 extra looks. Jordan Wilson gave the Bears offense 21 points with Tim Huskisson adding 17 followed by a 12 point effort from Tate Unruh while Dominique Lee and Derrick Barden score ten points each.
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Idaho State doesn't stand out in any category and their record says this team struggles more often then not. That's not to say this team is awful because they have been competitive but the wins haven't been easy to come by with breakdowns ocurring anywhere and anytime. A 67-65 loss at Northern Arizona was a second half struggle at both ends of the floor with the Lumberjacks erasing a seven point deficit. Not much difference here with both teams sinking shots in the 45% range with NAU making an extra play. The Bengals were balanced offensively but no explosive with Chris Hansen scoring 15 points and snaring six boards with Andre' Hatchett posting 14 points while Tomas Sanchez hit for eleven.
Northern Colorado is the better team but like most other teams they can have issues on the road. On the flip side Idaho State doesn't do much except on their own floor. I will take the basket on the home team which might be a stretch but not out of the question...