Big Sky Tournament - Northern Colorado favored by 2.5 against Montana State on Thursday
Northern Colorado Bears vs Montana State Bobcats Odds
The Montana State Bobcats will be trying to slam the Northern Colorado Bears on Thursday when the teams tip off at Dahlberg Arena in college betting action.
This is a conference playoff game in the Big Sky Tournament. The game is being played at Dahlberg Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
Montana State will face the 12-17 Bears, who own a 12-15 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bobcats are 12-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bears are 14-11 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bobcats, most recently No. 315 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bears, who rate No. 218 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-70 victory for the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bears is ranked No. 200 in NCAA hoops at 34 per game. Contrast that with Montana State’s No. 266 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Montana State is the No. 111-ranked team in the country at 6.8 per game, while Northern Colorado rates No. 93 at 7 per game.
Defensively, Northern Colorado features the nation's No. 280-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. Montana State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Northern Colorado, they were a 66-58 winner as they battled Southern Utah at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Northern Colorado got 18 points from Derrick Barden en route to a 66-58 victory over Southern Utah on Thursday at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
In their last action, Montana State was a 71-55 winner at home against Sacramento State. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Montana State got 23 points from Christian Moon en route to a 71-55 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday at Worthington Arena.
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Southern Utah are 1-1
After a win are 6-4
Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Sacramento State are 3-7
After a win are 6-4
A few Bears at Bobcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montana State's last 6 games
Montana State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Montana State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Montana State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northern Colorado