Houston vs. SMU - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (15-8) at Houston Cougars (17-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Health and PE Arena)
The Line: Houston Cougars -8 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Sky conference college basketball action on Thursday as the Northern Colorado Bears take on the Idaho State Bengals.
The Northern Colorado Bears will try to keep their mojo going after winning 4 of their last 6 games, snapping a mini 2 game losing streak with an 86-63 win over Montana State in their last outing. Andre Spight led the Bears, accounting for half of their scoring with 41 points on 15 of 31 shooting with 8 triples and a team-high 5 assists. Jalen Sanders came 2nd with 12 points along with 17 rebounds for the double-double while Jonah Radebaugh came right behind with a double-double of his own, adding 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears to round out the trio of double digit scorers in the win. Spight leads Northern Colorado with an average of 21 points and 3.7 assists per game while Radebaugh leads the Bears in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northern Colorado is scoring 79.3 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 69.7% from the foul line this season.
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The Idaho State Bengals will try to find some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 84-80 loss to Southern Utah last time out. Jared Stutzman led Idaho state with 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes, while Brandon Boyd came right behind with 22 points and a team-high 3 assists. Novak Topalovic chipped in 16 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor with a team-high 9 rebounds, while Balint Mocsan contributed 13 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Idaho State in the loss. Stutzman leads the Bengals in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Topalovic leads Idaho State in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game and Geno Luzcando leads the way in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Idaho State is scoring 72.1 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 46.5% from behind the arc and 36.8% from the foul line this season.
Northern Colorado is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games while the over is 10-4-1 in their last 15 conference matchups. Idaho State is 10-21 ATS in their last 31 conference matchups and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Idaho State.
The Bengals are actually pretty solid at home ATS and have had the bulk of the success ATS when these two hook up in Idaho. However, Northern Colorado is very good on the road in their own right, and the Bengals have struggled ATS against the rest of the Big Sky dating back a couple of years, so I’ll lay the points with the Bears on the road to get the job done here.