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Northern Colorado vs. Montana - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana at Northern Colorado
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bank of Colorado Arena
Greeley, CO
The Line
Northern Colorado 0 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
PLUTO
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The Montana Grizzlies will travel to the Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Montana Grizzlies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-6 (3-2 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Washington Eagles, 78-71, this past Thursday. Montana struggled Defensviely agianst the Eagles and trailed throughout the entire 2nd half in the loss. Montana allowed Eastern Washington to shoot 48.0% from the field & 52.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Michael Oguine who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Montana is averaging 75.0 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Ahmaad Rorie (15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Jamar Akoh (15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Michael Oguine (14.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Sayeed Pridgett (12.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Montana is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Northern Colorado Bears won their 4th straight game and improved to 10-5 (4-0 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Eastern Washington Eagles, 75-63, this past Monday night. Northern Colorado dominated Eastern Washington on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 45-26 halftime lead. Northern Colorado shot 52.1% from the field while holding the Eagles to just 39.3% from the field & 30.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

On the season, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 81.6 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of -0.5. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (25.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Bodie Hume (12.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Trent Harris (10.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg), and Jonah Radebaugh (10.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.2 apg).

Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Grizzlies are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big Sky opponents and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.

Montana has had an up and down season to date as although they have a bunch of talent from last year’s team that won the Big Sky Championship, they’ve been inconsistent at times on the defense end and currently rank 151st in scoring offense & T-117th in scoring defense. Northern Colorado has bounced back from a 4-game losing streak to win their last 4 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 38th in scoring offense, 57th in FG%, and 8th in three-pointers made per game.

It’s been tough to get a read on Montana this season as we just don’t know what team is going to show up, however, between the fact that Grizzlies are just a better overall team and that that Bears are just 1-2 ATS at home this season, I think Montana will be able to do enough to get the the needed win on the road. 

Pick:
Montana Grizzlies - Pick-Em

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