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Bears open as college hoops underdog vs Grizzlies

Northern Colorado BearsMontana Grizzlies
10-4January 18, 2014, 09:00 | Dahlberg Arena7-7

Northern Colorado travels to Montana on Saturday, hoping to boost its 10-4 record with a victory over the Grizzlies.

Supporters of the Bears have watched them go 10-4 and 5-4 ATS on the year, while the Grizzlies are at 7-7 and 3-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Grizzlies are 5-2, while the Bears have a 4-5 mark.

View Northern Colorado Bears vs Montana Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Montana sat as -4-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 302-rated Grizzlies and the No. 47-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Northern Colorado was a 70-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Montana State. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Northern Colorado suffered a 70-55 loss against Montana State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Tate Unruh in a losing effort at Worthington Arena.

Last time out for Montana, they were an 84-71 winner as they battled North Dakota at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. Montana got 33 points from Kareem Jamar en route to an 84-71 victory over North Dakota on Thursday at Dahlberg Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bears is ranked No. 153 in NCAA hoops at 35.5 per game. Contrast that with Montana’s No. 254 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Montana is the No. 45-ranked team in the country at 7.71 per game, while Northern Colorado rates No. 128 at 6.14 per game.

A few Bears at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 6 games
Northern Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Montana
Montana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Montana is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montana's last 5 games
Montana is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next up:
Northern Colorado home to Northern Arizona, Thursday, January 23rd
Montana at Idaho State, Thursday, January 23rd