The Northern Colorado Bears and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks meet Saturday in college basketball action from Findlay Toyota Center. Northern Colorado is 7-13 so far this year. The Bears beat Idaho in their last outing. As for Northern Arizona, they’re sitting at 5-16 overall after a loss to Eastern Washington. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northern Colorado Bears
Northern Colorado went just 5-11 over their first 16 games this year, beating Texas A&M-Commerce, North Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Colorado State and CSUN in that time. The Bears have since gone 2-2 with wins over Portland State and Idaho.
In the Idaho game last Saturday, the Bears went into the break up 32-29. Northern Colorado posted a 41-38 run in the second half for a 73-67 win. Leading the way was Dalton Knecht with 34 points and seven rebounds.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Over on the Northern Arizona side, they’ve posted wins over Benedictine AZ, UC Santa Barbara, Ottawa AZ, Pacific and Montana so far this year. The Lumberjacks have lost to Montana State, Portland State, Sac State, Idaho and Eastern Washington since then.
In the Eastern Washington matchup, the Lumberjacks held a slim 39-38 edge by halftime. Northern Arizona was outscored 41-37 in the second and took a tough loss 79-76. Jalen Cone topped the team with 25 points, three assists and two steals.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stay with Northern Colorado here. Granted, there’s not much to get excited about in a matchup featuring two teams with a combined 29 losses, but this one should be a competitive game. The Bears are coming off a solid win over a comparable Idaho team, and they’re 2-1 in their last three outings. As for Northern Arizona, they’ve lost five straight but they’ve hit 74 or more points in three of those. Should be a fairly high-scoring matchup if both teams play well.