Wyoming vs. Northern Colorado - 11/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Colorado Bears (1-0) at Wyoming Cowboys (0-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Arena-Auditorium)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears and Wyoming Cowboys meet Sunday afternoon at the Arena-Auditorium.
The Northern Colorado Bears are 1-0 after a Friday victory over the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets. Northern Colorado cruised to a 83-62 victory, as Tevin Svihovec led the way with 17 points, and Cody McDavis had 11 points and seven rebounds. What’s impressive about the dominating victory is that Northern Colorado’s best player in Tim Huskisson only played three minutes (No reason why) and didn’t score a single point. Huskisson is one of the more athletic players in the Big Sky and is a lights out shooter from downtown. Cameron Michael was 4-12 from the field in his first game with Northern Colorado and looks to be a key player for the Bears this season. Defensively, Northern Colorado came away with eight steals and three blocks, giving this team confidence at both ends moving forward.
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This will be the Wyoming Cowboys season opener after finishing last year 18-15 and having their season come up short due to injuries. Larry Nance Jr., who suffered a knee injury last year and missed a chunk of the season, is back and ready to lead Wyoming as one of the best players in the MWC. Last season, Nance Jr. averaged 15.4 points per game on 54.4 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds. The Cowboys also get Charles Hankerson Jr. back from injury, a senior guard who shot 40 percent from deep last season. Wyoming is already a contender with them on the floor, but Derek Cooke Jr. is another big body in the paint who does a nice job of crashing the boards and shot 62.9 percent from the field last season in a limited scoring role. The Wyoming Cowboys are a team to watch now that they’re healthy.
The Bears are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Cowboys are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and 40-19-1 ATS in their last 60 non-conference games. The Bears are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
When the Wyoming Cowboys are healthy, they're an NCAA tournament caliber team. I'm not sure the Northern Colorado Bears have the playmakers at either end of the court to hang for 40 minutes. While the chalk is a little steep for a season opener, I'll back Wyoming, and this won't be the only time this season.