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Northern Colorado Bears vs Wichita State Shockers Odds
The visiting Northern Colorado Bears hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Charles Koch Arena against the Wichita State Shockers.
The Shockers currently sports a 8-0 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-2 ATS. The Bears are 1-5 and 0-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Shockers produce a 3-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bears have gone 3-0 against the number.
The visitors opened as 18-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 Shockers sit at No. 31 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bears sit at No. 50 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Shockers will win this game 83-67.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Wichita State's No. 105-ranked scoring average of 72.5 PPG, against a Bears defense rated No. 297 and allowing 74 PPG. The Shockers FG% has averaged 45.9% to date this season, more than the Bears shooters have managed so far (45.8% per game).
Defensively, Northern Colorado features the nation's No. 227-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.5 points per game. Wichita State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 115 nationally in scoring at home.
Northern Colorado was a 76-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northern Iowa. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. Tevin Svihovec scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 76-59 to Northern Iowa at McLeod Center on Wednesday).
Wichita State was a 72-69 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Air Force. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Carl Hall scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Wichita State over Air Force, 72-69, on Sunday at Clune Arena.
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-3
After playing Northern Iowa are 0-1
After a loss are 3-7
Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tennessee are 1-0
After a win are 9-1
A few Bears at Shockers trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Northern Colorado home to Tabor College, Monday, December 17
Wichita State at Tennessee, Thursday, December 13