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Idaho State Bengals vs. Northern Colorado Bears - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Colorado Bears (4-10) at Idaho State Bengals (5-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)

The Line: Idaho State Bengals -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Colorado Bears and the Idaho State Bengals square off in a Big Sky tilt.

The Northern Colorado Bears are a pretty good offensive team but when the conversation turns to defense the compliments are difficult to find. The Bears are in a bit of a funk with defeats in four of five following a 75-70 loss to visiting Idaho. The Vandals managed a 43.8%-41.5% shooting advantage but won it with eight more makes at the stripe to negate ten more shots by the Bears. Northern Colorado received a game high 24 points from Jamal Evans on 9-12 from the field followed by a 14 point effort from Dallas Anglin. Anthony Johnson added 13 points and five yanks while Jordan Wilson added eleven points and seven assists.

Idaho State Bengals vs. Northern Colorado Bears - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Idaho State Bengals need more of everything at both ends of the floor and more consistency for a full 40 minutes. The Bengals didn’t have much of anything going for them in their conference opener at Weber State in a 77-56 defeat as an 18 point dog. The Wildcats led by 16 after 20 minutes and were never challenged with a 45%-32% difference in marksmanship adding up to seven field goals. Ethan Telfair was the Bengals best offensive option with 15 points and six boards but he was only 3-13 from the field. Ali Faruq-Bey and Ben Wilson added 13 and nine points respectively with nine rebounds between them. 

Northern Colorado are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Big Sky while going  4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games. Idaho State are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and the over is 42-18 in their last 60 home games. I don’t think anything will be very easy for either club this year but I like Idaho State a little better…

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