North Dakota Sioux visit Northern Colorado Bears in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
North Dakota Sioux vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Northern Colorado vs North Dakota battle Wednesday at Butler-Hancock Pavilion as the Bears look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
Northern Colorado battles the Sioux, currently sitting with a 11-14 mark (10-13 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-9 for the Bears and 13-7 for the Sioux.
The visitors opened as 6.5-point underdogs 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:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bears rated this week at No. 238 and the Sioux sitting at No. 275. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 68-67 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Colorado's No. 113-ranked offense, averaging 70 PPG, against a Sioux defense that ranks No. 208 at 67.7 PPG. The Bears field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, more than the Sioux marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.
Defensively, North Dakota features the nation's No. 286-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.6 points per game. Northern Colorado, meanwhile, comes in at No. 42 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, North Dakota was a 74-72 loser at home against Northern Arizona. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Sioux endured a 74-72 loss at the hands of the Lumberjacks on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Aaron Anderson at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Northern Colorado was a 78-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Sacramento State. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Derrick Barden scored 21 points and helped out with 14 rebounds for Northern Colorado on Saturday, leading the Bears to a 78-64 victory over Sacramento State at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
North Dakota Sioux Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-5
After playing Northern Arizona are 0-1
After a loss are 6-4
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing UC Davis are 1-1
After playing Sacramento State are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Sioux at Bears trends to consider:
North Dakota is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Colorado's last 7 games
Northern Colorado is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Colorado is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
North Dakota at Nebraska Omaha, Saturday, February 23
Northern Colorado at UC Davis, Saturday, February 23