Northern Colorado Bears (6-3) at Rider Broncs (4-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Rider Broncs 0 -- Over/Under: 161.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears and Rider Broncs will face off in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Northern Colorado Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-3 on the season after being defeated by the New Mexico State Aggies, 74-62, this past Monday. Northern Colorado struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after New Mexico State took a 41-24 halftime lead. Northern Colorado allowed New Mexico State to shoot 50.9% from the field while the Bears shot just 36.8% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block.
On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 87.1 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (23.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Jonah Radebaugh (12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg), Trent Harris (12.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg), and Bodie Hume (11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg).
Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 9.3 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Rider Broncs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-5 on the season after being defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 76-58, this past Wednesday. Rider trailed by just a 29-28 margin at halftime, however, couldn’t fight back after a 13-2 Bulldogs run gave Drake a 69-54 lead with 3:01 left in regulation. Rider shot just 36.7% from the field and 16.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncs was Tyere Marshall who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Rider is averaging 76.1 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Jordan Allen (14.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Dimencio Vaughn (12.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.4 spg), Stevie Jordan (11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.9 spg), and Frederick Scott (9.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Bears are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Broncs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Both teams come into this matchup on 2-game losing streaks however, when it comes to the overall body of work, I think Northern Colorado is the better team here. The Bears currently rank 10th in scoring offense, 33rd in FG%, 40.7% in 3P-FG% and as I think Northern Colorado will score plenty agianst Rider’s 278th ranked scoring defense, I’m taking Northern Colorado to win this pick-em.