Weber State Wildcats take on Bears in NCAA basketball test
Weber State Wildcats vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Northern Colorado vs Weber State battle Saturday at Butler-Hancock Pavilion as the Bears look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
Northern Colorado battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 14-5 mark (8-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-7 for the Bears and 8-6 for the Wildcats.
Bettors looking to side with Northern Colorado in this one found them as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bears at No. 213 and the Wildcats at No. 48 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 85-68 result in favor of the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northern Colorado has the nation's No. 135-rated offensive output, at 69.2 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 74 allowing on average 61.8 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 46% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 50% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Weber State owns the country's No. 77-rated mark, allowing 65 points per game on the highway. Northern Colorado, on the other hand, rates No. 32 in scoring at home.
Weber State was a 66-51 winner in its last match on the road against North Dakota. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 66-51 win over the Sioux on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Davion Berry at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Northern Colorado was a 78-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against Idaho State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Bears grabbed a 78-63 win over the Bengals on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Paul Garnica at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
Weber State Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Southern Utah are 6-4
After playing North Dakota are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-5
Before playing Montana are 6-4
After playing Idaho State are 5-5
After a win are 2-8
Weber State home to Southern Utah, Saturday, February 9
Northern Colorado at Montana, Thursday, February 7