Northern Colorado Bears visit UC Riverside Highlanders in college basketball clash
Northern Colorado Bears vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the UC Riverside Highlanders try to run the Northern Colorado Bears off the court at Student Center in college hoops action.
This season, the Highlanders are 1-6 overall and 2-4 ATS ATS, while the Bears are 1-3 and 0-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, UC Riverside boasts a 1-0 on the OU, and Northern Colorado is 1-0.
The Highlanders were listed as 2-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 211-rated Highlanders and the No. 7-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-62 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UC Riverside's No. 304 nationally ranked offense (59.4 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 305 at 74.8 PPG. The Highlanders have been averaging 41.7% from the field, less than the Bears have managed so far this season (50.9% on average).
Defensively, Northern Colorado features the nation's No. 243-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. UC Riverside, meanwhile, comes in at No. 328 nationally in scoring at home.
Northern Colorado lost its last outing, an 85-69 result against Colorado State on November 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 14-point underdog. The Bears endured an 85-69 loss at the hands of the Rams on Monday, despite a 16-point effort from Tevin Svihovec at Moby Arena.
UC Riverside was an 81-69 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Chris Harriel scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Highlanders to a win (they lost 81-69 to Texas State at Sullivan Arena on Saturday).
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-5
Before playing Northern Iowa are 0-1
After playing Colorado State are 4-4
After a loss are 3-7
UC Riverside Highlanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Bears at Highlanders trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UC Riverside is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Northern Colorado at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, December 5
UC Riverside at Pepperdine, Wednesday, December 5