North Dakota Sioux host Northern Colorado Bears in college basketball action
Northern Colorado Bears vs North Dakota Sioux Odds
The North Dakota Sioux will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Northern Colorado Bears at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in NCAA basketball action.
The Bears will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 0-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Sioux are 2-5 ATS. Northern Colorado is 3-1 on the totals; North Dakota is 3-1.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Sioux as 3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 154 and the Bears at No. 186 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 68-67 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bears is ranked No. 147 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with North Dakota’s No. 244 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Dakota is the No. 129-ranked team in the country at 6.6 per game, while Northern Colorado rates No. 112 at 6.8 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Northern Colorado owns the country's No. 247-rated mark, allowing 74.8 points per game on the highway. North Dakota, on the other hand, rates No. 95 in scoring at home.
Northern Colorado won its last outing, a 90-62 result against Tabor College on December 17. The battle between the Bears and Bluejays didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Tabor College was handed a 90-62 defeat on Monday at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
Last time out for North Dakota, they were a 79-67 loser as they battled Southern Utah on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. North Dakota suffered a 79-67 loss against Southern Utah on Monday, getting 16 points from Aaron Anderson in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Southern Utah are 1-0
After playing Tabor College are 1-0
After a win are 1-9
North Dakota Sioux Trends:
When playing on Friday are 0-4
After a loss are 4-6
A few Bears at Sioux trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Dakota is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
North Dakota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Northern Colorado at Southern Utah, Saturday, December 29
North Dakota home to Bowling Green, Friday, December 28