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Northern Colorado vs. Portland State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State Vikings (7-5) at Northern Colorado Bears (6-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Portland State Vikings and Northern Colorado Bears play Thursday at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

The Portland State Vikings have split their last six games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Portland State is averaging 65.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting and is allowing 73.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting. DaShaun Wiggins is averaging 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while Gary Winston is averaging 11.1 points and 3.2 assists. Braxton Tucker is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Tiegbe Bamba is shooting 53.5 percent from the field. The Portland State Vikings struggle quite a bit on the defensive end, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 36.8 percent from deep and have allowed 73 or more points in five of their last eight games. Offensively, Portland State is shooting 74.1 percent from the free throw line and 35.5 percent from downtown.

Northern Colorado vs. Portland State - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Colorado Bears have split their last 10 games and play their first home game of 2015. On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 69.3 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 71.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Tevin Svihovec is averaging 11.6 points and 2.3 assists while Cameron Michael is averaging 10.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. Dominique Lee is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Tim Huskisson is shooting 57.9 percent from the field. The Northern Colorado Bears are one of the better offensive teams with six players averaging at least seven points while they’re shooting 71.7 percent from the line and 37.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Northern Colorado is forcing 12 turnovers and has allowed 73 or more points in three of its last six games.

The Vikings are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games following a S.U. loss and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bears are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Big Sky and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Vikings are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Northern Colorado and the road team is 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

Hard to back either of these teams with the way they've been playing. However, the Portland State Vikings have owned the Bears ATS over the years and the road team has covered 10 of the last 14 meetings. Given those trends, give me the road team and the points. 

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Portland State Vikings +7

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