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Northern Arizona vs. Northern Colorado Big Sky Tournament - 3/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Colorado Bears (15-14) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Dahlberg Arena)

The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Northern Colorado Bears face off on Thursday in Big Sky college basketball tournament action.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks finished the season at 18-13 and in fourth place in the Big Sky conference standings. NAU is averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 40.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.4 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Quinton Upshur leads the Lumberjacks averaging 14.4 points per game. Kris Yanku is averaging 13.6 points and 5.0 assists, Aaseem Dixon is averaging 12.8 points, and Ako Kaluna is averaging 9.5 points. Northern Arizona is 1-1 in neutral site games and 13-5 in the Big Sky.

Northern Arizona vs. Northern Colorado Big Sky Tournament - 3/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Colorado Bears are 15-14 this season and they finished the season in fifth place in he Big Sky standings. Northern Colorado is averaging 75.3 points and they are shooting 48.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.8 points and their opponents are shooting 47.9 percent. Tevin Svihovec leads the Bears averaging 13.5 points per game. Cameron Michael is averaging 12.9 points, Tim Huskisson is averaging 10.6 points, and Dominique Lee is averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Northern Colorado is 10-8 in the Big Sky and this is their first neutral site game of the season.

Northern Arizona is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-2-2 against the spread following a win, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. Northern Colorado is 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 games, 1-7-1 against the spread against the Big Sky, and 0-3-1 against the spread following a win. Northern Colorado is 5-2-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

With these two splitting the season series this game looks to be a coin flip as Northern Arizona has the experience and Northern Colorado can score a lot of points. I don’t love this one but I will take the points with the dog as they could easily factor. 

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