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Northern Colorado vs. Idaho State - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho State at Northern Colorado
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Bank of Colorado Arena
Greeley, CO
The Line
Northern Colorado Bears -13 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
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The Idaho State Bengals will travel to Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Idaho State Bengals lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-16 (5-11 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Portland State Vikings, 99-93, this past Thursday. Idaho State struggled defensively against the Vikings and couldn’t fight back after Portland State took a 75-60 lead with 12:13 left in regulation. Idaho State shot 45.9% from the field however, allowed Portland State to shoot 51.5% from the field and 53.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bengals was Brandon Boyd who had 24 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Idaho State is averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Brandon Boyd (15.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Balint Mocsan (11.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Kelvin Jones (8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and Chier Maker (8.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg).

Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 78.8 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Northern Colorado Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-9 (13-4 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Weber State Wildcats, 85-61, this past Thursday. Northern Colorado dominated Weber State on both ends of the court and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 40-29 lead at halftime. Northern Colorado shot 53.1% from the field and outrebounded Weber State by a 36-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 34 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (23.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Bodie Hume (10.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg), Jonah Radebaugh (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Trent Harris (8.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg).

Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Bengals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bears are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games vs. Big Sky opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Idaho State has lost 9 of their last 11 games and although their offense has been able to put up some points as the Bengals rank 140th in scoring offense, Idaho State has really struggled defensively as they rank just 332nd in scoring defense and 341st in defensive FG%.

Northern Colorado has won 5 of their last 6 games and have been led by their offense which ranks 67th in scoring offense, 68th in FG%, and 32nd in three-pointers made per game.

Idaho State has the ability to stay in games with their three-point shooting, however, if they are cold from beyond the arc, the Bengals can really struggle keeping games competitive. Northern Colorado is an impressive 9-2 at home this season and as they had little trouble defeating the Bengals by a 77-53 margin on the road earlier this season, I think the Bears will do enough at home to cover this large spread. Good Luck!

Northern Colorado Bears -13

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