Montana State Bobcats (12-11) at Northern Colorado Bears (14-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 3, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Northern Colorado Bears -9 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Montana State Bobcats dropped to 12-11 (5-5 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 75-74, this past Thursday. Montana State fought back after trailing by a 73-65 margin with just 2:08 left to go, however, couldn’t secure the road victory after the Bobcats, Tyler Hall, missed a game-winning three-point attempt in the closing seconds of regulation. Montana State shot just 38.6% from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Harald Frey who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Montana State is averaging 75.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (17.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), Harald Frey (14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg), Keljin Blevins (9.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Isaac Bonton (7.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Northern Colorado Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 14-9 (5-5 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 88-79, this past Thursday. Northern Colorado struggled on the defensive end against the Grizzlies and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 66-53 margin with 10:40 left in the 2nd half. Northern Colorado allowed Montana to shoot 55.2% from the field and 55.6% (5-9) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Andre Spight who had 32 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 79.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Andre Spight (20.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jordan Davis (15.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg), Anthony Johnson (9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg), and Jalen Sanders (9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bears are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
Montana State has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has although the Bobcats rank 128th in scoring offense, the Bobcats have struggled defensively as they rank just t-269th in scoring defense and 309th in defensive FG%. Northern Colorado has lost 5 of their last 8 games however, have one of the best scoring duos in the conference in Andre Spight and Jordan Davis and currently rank t-63rd in scoring offense and t-60th in three-pointers made per game. Northern Colorado is the better team, however, the Bobcats were impressive in their 12 point victory at home against the Bears in early January and as Montana State is 4-1 against Northern Colorado in their last 5 matchups, I’m taking the Bobcats to cover with the points.