Big Sky Tournament - Northern Colorado Bears face Montana Grizzlies: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Northern Colorado Bears vs Montana Grizzlies Odds
Northern Colorado travels to Montana on Friday, hoping to boost its 13-17 record with a victory over the Grizzlies.
This game is part of the Big Sky Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings.
The Grizzlies are 23-6 so far on the season, and 15-11-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bears, meanwhile, are 13-17 and 13-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Montana go 12-11-1 and the Bears go 14-12 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Grizzlies at No. 156 and the Bears at No. 218 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-70 result in favor of the Grizzlies.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Montana has the nation's No. 85-rated offensive output, at 71.3 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 269 allowing on average 70.4 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 47.4% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.7% per game.
Defensively, Northern Colorado features the nation's No. 260-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.8 points per game. Montana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 137 nationally in scoring at home.
Northern Colorado won its last outing, a 69-56 result against Montana State on March 14. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Northern Colorado earned a 69-56 victory over Montana State on Thursday, getting 21 points from Tate Unruh at Dahlberg Arena.
Last time out for Montana, they were a 63-50 winner as they battled Northern Arizona at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. Will Cherry scored 14 points leading the Grizzlies to a 63-50 victory over Northern Arizona at Dahlberg Arena on Saturday.