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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho State - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho State Bengals (5-15) at Northern Colorado Bears (9-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado -9 See the Latest Odds

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The Idaho State Bengals and Northern Colorado Bears meet Thursday at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

The Idaho State Bengals hope to get things going after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 60.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Chris Hansen is averaging 16.6 points and 2.2 assists while Jeffrey Solarin is averaging 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds. Nnamdi Ezenwa is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Ben Wilson is dishing 3.6 assists. The Idaho State Bengals have six players averaging at least 4.7 points, and they’re shooting 63.8 percent from the line and 31.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Idaho State is allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of its last five games.

Northern Colorado vs. Idaho State -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Colorado Bears have split their last 10 games and look for their fifth Big Sky win. On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 74.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and is allowing 75 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Tevin Svihovec is averaging 12.8 points and 2.9 assists while Cameron Michael is averaging 11.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. Dominique Lee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Tim Huskisson is shooting 59.3 percent from the field. The Northern Colorado Bears have eight players averaging at least 5.1 points, and they’re shooting 72.6 percent from the line and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing 41.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in five straight games.

The Bengals are 17-38 ATS in their last 55 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

I can't lay that much chalk with a Northern Colorado team that plays no defense. Idaho State has covered five of the last six games against Northern Colorado and has covered its last four games overall. I'll take the points here.

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Idaho State Bengals +9

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