Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Northern Colorado Bears - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Colorado Bears (5-13) at Southern Utah Thunderbirds (4-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Centrum Arena)
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The Northern Colorado Bears will travel to play the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in a Big Sky game on Thursday.
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are 4-11 (2-3) and are coming off of a win against Idaho by a score of 85-83. Southern Utah has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 6th in the Big Sky standings. Southern Utah is averaging 72.1 points per game while giving up 83.6 points per game. Southern Utah is also averaging 30.8 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Travon Langston is averaging 13.1 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for Southern Utah. James McGee is averaging 12.4 points per game and 2 rebounds per game for the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah is shooting 73.7% on free throws, 35.3% on three-pointers, and 44.6% on all field goal attempts.
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The Northern Colorado Bears are 5-13 (2-4) and are coming off of a win against Montana State by a score of 78-76. Northern Colorado has lost 4 of their last 5 games and is struggling defense. Northern Colorado is averaging 75 points per game while giving up 81.8 points per game. Northern Colorado is also averaging 34.6 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game. Anthony Johnson is averaging 14.3 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game for Northern Colorado. Jordan Wilson is averaging 14.2 points per game and 3.7 assists per game for the Bears. Northern Colorado is shooting 71.5% on free throws, 38.1% on three-pointers, and 45.2% on all field goal attempts.
Northern Colorado is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games. Northern Colorado is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. The under is 4-1 in Northern Colorado’s last 5 games. Southern Utah is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games. Southern Utah is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The over is 5-1 in Southern Utah’s last 6 conference games.
Both of these teams have struggled this season, and both teams are allowing over 80 points per game. Northern Colorado is averaging more points per game and is a better rebounding team than Southern Utah. This should be a high scoring game between two pretty even teams. Since these teams look very similar, I am going to pick the home team.