Northern Colorado at Montana State
|Date & Time||Monday January 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Montana State Bobcats 0 -- Over/Under: 157.5
The Northern Colorado Bears will travel to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to take on the Montana State Bobcats this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Colorado Bears had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-6 (4-1 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 88-64, this past Saturday. Northern Colorado had no answers on the defensive end agianst the Grizzlies and couldn’t fight back after Montana went into halftime with a 47-35 lead. Northern Colorado allowed Montana to shoot 56.9% from the field & 66.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 80.5 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (24.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Bodie Hume (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Jonah Radebaugh (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Trent Harris (10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg).
Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Montana State Bobcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-8 (4-1 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho Vandals, 77-67, this past Thursday night. Montana State was solid on the defensive end against the Vandals and had a steady lead throughout the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 30-21 lead. Montana State held Idaho to just 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded Idaho by a 38-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Montana State is averaging 80.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (18.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), Harald Frey (15.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg), Ladan Ricketts (9.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg), and Keljin Blevins (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 80.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The Bears are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. Big Sky opponents and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. The Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 game vs. Big Sky opponents and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Northern Colorado has one of the better offenses in the Big Sky this season as they come into this game ranked 46th in scoring offense, 64th in FG%, and 18th in three-pointers made per game. Montana State has won 4 of their last 5 games and although heir defense has struggled as they rank just 330th in scoring defense and 329th in defensive FG%, the offense has been decent as they have averaged 86.3 ppg during their 3-game winning streak.
Montana State has one of the better players in the Big Sky in Tyler Hall, however, Northern Colorado has one of the best scorers in the league with Jordan Davis and a team that has solid depth. Montana State has been solid ATS at home this season but the Bears in my opinion are the better overall team and as I think they’ll have their way with the Bobcats defense, I’m taking Northern Colorado to win this pick-em on the road.