NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Eagles underdogs vs Bears at Northern Colorado
Eastern Washington Eagles vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Eastern Washington Eagles pay a visit to Butler-Hancock Pavilion on the college basketball betting menu.
Supporters of the Eagles have watched them go 4-13 and 4-10-1 ATS on the year, while the Bears are at 4-11 and 2-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Bears are 6-5, while the Eagles have a 2-9 mark.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Colorado sat as 6-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bears at No. 211 and the Eagles at No. 272 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 68-63 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Colorado's No. 162-ranked offense, averaging 68.5 PPG, against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 337 at 76.2 PPG. The Bears field goal percentage has averaged 45.2% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.9% per game.
Defensively, Eastern Washington features the nation's No. 342-rated defense on the road, allowing 83 points per game. Northern Colorado, meanwhile, comes in at No. 31 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Eastern Washington, they were a 65-47 loser as they battled North Dakota on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Martin Seiferth scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Eagles to a win (they lost 65-47 to North Dakota at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday).
Last time out for Northern Colorado, they were a 67-50 winner as they battled Portland State at home. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Tate Unruh scored 19 points leading the Bears to a 67-50 victory over Portland State at Butler-Hancock Pavilion on Thursday.
Eastern Washington Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Northern Arizona are 6-4
After playing Portland State are 7-3
After a win are 1-9
A few Eagles at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Colorado
Eastern Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Eastern Washington
Northern Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Eastern Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 5 games when playing at home against Eastern Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northern Colorado's last 8 games when playing Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington at Southern Utah, Saturday, January 26
Northern Colorado at Northern Arizona, Thursday, January 24