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Northern Colorado vs. Eastern Washington Eagles - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Washington Eagles (5-8) at Northern Colorado Bears (9-4)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds

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We have some Big Sky conference college basketball action on Friday, as the Eastern Washington Eagles face off against the Northern Colorado Bears.

The Eastern Washington Eagles will look to build on back-to-back wins, including a 94-66 win over subdivision university of Providence in their last outing. Bogdan Bliznyuk led the team with 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Jesse Hunt came 2nd with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Ty Gibson added 4 triples for 12 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Eagles in the win. Bliznyuk leads the team with an average of 17.8 points and 3.2 assists per game while Hunt is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.5 boards per game this season. As a team, Eastern Washington is scoring 74.8 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the arc and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

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Northern Colorado vs. Eastern Washington Eagles - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Colorado Bears will look to bounce back after having their 4 game winning streak snapped thanks to a narrow 94-91 loss to UNLV last time out. Jordan Davis led the team with 28 points with 8 rebounds, while Andre Spight added 21 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and Jalen Sanders added 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and 5 blocks to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Bears in the loss. Tanner Morgan added 8 rebounds of his own, while Jonah Radebaugh added 7 points and a pair of steals in the losing effort. Spight leads the team with an average of 17.9 points and 3.2 assists per game whileSanders is the team’s top rebounder with 5.8 boards per game this season. As a team, Northern Colorado is scoring 78.3 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 32.8% from downtown and 67.5% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Washington is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. Northern Colorado is 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Eastern Washington is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams. 

The Eagles have had the bulk of the success ATS in this matchup, however this could be the best I’ve seen Northern Colorado look in quite some time while I could say the opposite for Eastern Washington. The Bears have been money ATS over the last month and a half, so I see no reason to go against that here, so I’ll lay the points with Northern Colorado here.

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