Northern Colorado Bears (5-3) at Montana Grizzlies (3-6)
College Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -7 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears and the Montana Grizzlies meet Monday in college basketball action from Dahlberg Arena.
Northern Colorado enters this one at 5-3 so far. The Bears are 1-1 in their last two outings with a loss to Idaho State and a win over Montana. As for the Grizzlies, they’re 3-6 this year. Montana has lost their last two games to Arizona and Northern Colorado. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northern Colorado kicked off their year at 3-1 with wins over CO Christian, Regis CO and Denver alongside a loss to Colorado. The Bears then fell to Utah State before splitting a pair games with Idaho State. On Saturday, Northern Colorado took out Montana 64-62.
In the win over the Grizzlies, Northern Colorado’s top scorer was Tre’Shon Smoots with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Both Daylen Kountz and Bodie Hume scored 14 points apiece there, combining for three assists and seven rebounds as well.
Over on the Montana side, they opened the season with four straight losses to USC, Southern Utah (twice) and Georgia. Three straight wins for the Grizzlies followed before they took a 70-64 loss to Arizona, then came the two-point loss to Northern Colorado.
In Saturday’s defeat, Montana’s high scorer was Robby Beasley with 12 points and five rebounds. Kyle Owens and Brandon Whitney also finished in double-figures with 10 points apiece and a combined one assist with five rebounds.
Montana is 0-4 ATS in their lsat four after an ATS loss and 2-7 ATS in the last nine overall. The Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss and the over is 5-2 in their last seven home games.
Meanwhile, the Bears are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus a team with a losing straight-up record. The under is 4-1 in Northern Colorado’s last five overall and 17-5 in their last 22 Monday games.
PICK: I’m going with Northern Colorado in this one. Saturday’s matchup between these teams was pretty balanced, and the teams were similar in rebounds (31-28) and turnovers (11-10). Montana shot a tepid 40.8 from the field but kept themselves in the game with seven blocks and 21-of-22 free throws made. This should be a similarly competitive game, but I like the Bears to bang out a cover.