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Northern Colorado vs. Portland State - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland State at Northern Colorado
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 9:05 PM (EST)
Location
Bank of Colorado Arena
Greeley, CO
The Line
Northern Colorado -8.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
PLUTO
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NCAA BB | Portland State at Northern Colorado
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The Portland State Vikings will travel to Bank of Colorado Arena to take on the Northern Colorado Bears this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Portland State Vikings had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-12 (4-6 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Idaho State Bengals, 69-67, this past Saturday. Portland State trailed by a 38-35 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight all the way back after Idaho State took a 56-49 lead with 13:10 left in the 2nd half. Portland State shot 43.3% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Jamie Orme who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Portland State is averaging 77.7 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 28.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Holland Woods (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Michael Nuga (10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Sal Nuhu (9.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Robert McCoy (8.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 8.6 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Northern Colorado Bears had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-8 (8-3 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana State Bobcats, 69-66, this past Monday. Northern Colorado had a surprisingly difficult time offensively agianst the Montana State defense and couldn’t hold on late for the victory after the Bobcats finished the final 2:08 of regulation on a 7-0 run. Northern Colorado shot just 42.1% from the field and 18.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Jordan Davis who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 77.7 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Colorado has been led by Jordan Davis (23.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Bodie Hume (11.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Jonah Radebaugh (9.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Sam Masten (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Northern Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Vikings are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games, however, are just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games vs. Big Sky opponents.

Portland State has lost 4 of their last 7 games and although the Vikings offense ranks 73rd in scoring offense, Portland state rank just 291st in FG% & 341st in 3P-FG%. The Vikings defense has also been less than stellar on the season as although they do a great job on the boards and creating turnovers, the Vikings rank just 258th in scoring defense & 304th in defensive FG%.

Northern Colorado has won 8 of their last 11 games and has been outstanding offensively this season as they rank 72nd in scoring offense, 94th in FG%, and 82nd in 3P-FG%.

Northern Colorado is one of the best teams in the Big Sky this season and have also been very solid at home this season, posting a 6-2 record. Northern Colorado should be able to limit the damage the Portland State does on the boards and with turnovers and as I think the Bears offense will bounce back after their disappointing performance agianst Montana State, I’m taking Northern Colorado to cover this large home spread.

Pick:
Northern Colorado -8.5

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