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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho State Bengals (8-7) at Northern Colorado Bears (11-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Butler-Hancock Hall)

The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -10 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Idaho State Bengals will travel to the Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Idaho State Bengals had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-7 (3-1 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 81-58, this past Thursday night. Idaho State struggled on both ends of the court against the Fighting Hawks, and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 52-31 margin with 15:17 left in regulation. Idaho State allowed North Dakota to shoot 52.5% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bengals was Novak Topalovic who had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 71.2 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Jared Stutzman (14.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), Balint Mocsan (11.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Brandon Boyd (11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 apg), and Geno Luzcando (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.7 spg). Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Colorado Bears lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 11-7 (2-3 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Weber State Wildcats, 78-74, this past Thursday night. Northern Colorado led by a 39-29 margin at halftime however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 25-10 Wildcats run gave Weber State a 68-62 lead with 5:10 left in regulation. Northern Colorado allowed Weber State to shot 47.2% from the field and was outrebounded by the Wildcats by a 39-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Andrew Spight who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.3. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Andre Spight (18.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Jordan Davis (16.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Sanders (9.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Jonah Radebaugh (7.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Northern Colorado has allowed 71.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall however, are just 7-18 ATS in their last 35 games vs. Big Sky opponents. The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Idaho State has won 4 of their last 6 games however, the Bengals really struggled in their recent game against North Dakota and come into this game ranked just 257th in scoring offense and 256th in defensive FG%. Northern Colorado has struggled as of late, however, the Bears have been solid this season ranking 94th in scoring offense and have a great duo in Andre Spight and Jordan Davis. Northern Colorado is 6-2 at home this season and as I expect Idaho State to have similar troubles against the Bears as they did North Dakota, I’m taking Northern Colorado to cover this double-digit spread. 

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