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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho Vandals (9-4) at Northern Colorado Bears (10-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -1 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds


We have some Big Sky conference college basketball action, as the Idaho Vandals take on the Northern Colorado Bears.

The Idaho Vandals will look to keep their momentum going after winning 9 of their last 12 games, including a 74-57 win over North Dakota in their conference opener last time out. Perrion Callandret led the team with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of steals, while Brayon Blake came 2nd with 12 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Victor Sanders added 11 points to round out the trio of Vandals in double figures scoring in the win. Trevon Allen added 6 points with a team-high 5 assists in the winning effort for Idaho. Sanders leads the team in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game, while Blake leads the team in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game and Callandret leads the team in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Idaho is scoring 72.8 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 41.7% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Northern Colorado Bears will also try to keep rolling after putting up wins in 10 of their last 12 games following an 88-75 triumph over Eastern Washington in their conference opener on Thursday. Andre Spight led the team with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double, while Jordan Davis came next with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field. Tanner Morgan added 13 points and 9 boards, while Jonah Radebaugh and Anthony Johnson each added 11 points. Radebaugh shot 4 of 5 from the floor with 3 threes and a pair of steals, while Johnson went just 3 for 10 with 4 rebounds. Jalen Sanders added 10 points with a pair of blocks to finish off the double-digit scoring for the Bears in the win. Spight leads the team with an average of 18.1 points and 3.3 assists per game, while Morgan is the team’s top assist man with 5.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northern Colorado is scoring 79 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 68.4% from the foul line this season. 

Idaho is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 conference matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Northern Colorado is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Idaho is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams. 

Betting against the Vandals hasn’t served me well this season, but I think Northern Colorado has been playing well enough to warrant laying the points here. Despite Idaho having all of the recent success in this matchup, I’ll lay the point with the Bears here.

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