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Northern Colorado Bears vs. Texas A&M C.C. Islanders - 3/19/14 CIT First Round

Texas A&M C.C. Islanders (17-15) at Northern Colorado Bears (18-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Texas A&M C.C. Islanders and Northern Colorado Bears will meet Wednesday night in the first round of the CIT. The Islanders finished second in the Southland with a 17-15 record, while the Bears finished fifth in the Big Sky with an 18-13 record.

Texas A&M-CC is a slow paced team that plays great defense and takes high percentage shots. On the season, the Islanders average 68.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allow 67.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Texas A&M-CC doesn’t have a lot of scoring depth and shoots just 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Islanders are led by junior guard John Jordan, who averages 14.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. Texas A&M-CC has scored less than 70 points in five straight games and is 3-2 ATS overall this season.

Northern Colorado Bears vs. Texas A&M C.C. Islanders - 3/19/14 CIT First Round

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Northern Colorado is one of the better offensive teams in the country, averaging 72.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting. The Bears have four players averaging at least 10.2 points, and the Bears shoot 38.4 percent from beyond the arc. Northern Colorado is led by senior forward Derrick Barden, who averages 14 points and 7.8 rebounds. Defensively, Northern Colorado allows 70.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting. The Bears are 11-14-1 ATS overall.

The Islanders are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Bears are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss.

Texas A&M-CC is just too slow of a team to keep up with Northern Colorado. The Bears will want to get this game in the upper 80s, and that’s a pace the Islanders simply aren’t comfortable playing at.

Take Northern Colorado to cover the chalk in this tournament matchup. 

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Northern Colorado Bears -5

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