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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Northern Colorado Bears - 3/13/14 Big Sky First Round

Northern Colorado Bears (17-12) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (15-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Dee Events Center)

The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Colorado Bears and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will battle it out in a Big Sky first round matchup. These teams played twice this season, and the Bears won both games.

The Bears head into this matchup losing four of their last five games. On the season, they’re one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 73.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting. They have four players averaging at least 10 points, they shoot 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, they allow 70.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting. However, they’ve allowed at least 77 points in five straight losses. The Bears are 10-13-1 ATS overall.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Northern Colorado Bears - 3/13/14 Big Sky First Round

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The Lumberjacks closed their season out with four straight wins, as they’ve been getting the job done defensively, not allowing a team to score 50 points in their last two. On the season, the Lumberjacks average 66.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allow 68.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting. They’re not very deep offensively, as junior guard Quinton Upshur leads the way with 15.8 points. However, they do shoot 71.1 percent from the free throw line, which has helped them cover plenty of games this season. The Lumberjacks are 14-15 ATS overall.

The Bears are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 conference games. The Lumberjacks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The Bears are 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams, while the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

Northern Colorado won the first game by 15 points and the last game by five points. With the amount of offense the team has, expecting another win by at least three points really isn’t asking a lot.

Take the Bears and the chalk. 

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Northern Colorado Bears -2.5

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