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College basketball point spread favors Bears in battle with Eagles

Eastern Washington EaglesNorthern Colorado Bears
13-14February 27, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall16-9

The visiting Eastern Washington Eagles hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Butler-Hancock Hall against the Northern Colorado Bears.

The Bears currently sports a 16-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-11 ATS. The Eagles are 13-14 and 11-12-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bears produce a 11-8-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Eagles have gone 16-8 against the number.

View Eastern Washington Eagles vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Northern Colorado in this one found them as -8-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game puts the Bears, most recently No. 167 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Eagles, who rate No. 65 in the latest survey.

Eastern Washington was an 87-76 loser in its last match at home against Portland State. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Eagles endured an 87-76 loss at the hands of the Vikings on Monday, despite a 23-point effort from Tyler Harvey at Reese Court.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Colorado's No. 64-ranked scoring average of 74.68 PPG, against a Eagles defense rated No. 229 and allowing 75.67 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 49.24% to date this season, more than the Eagles shooters have managed so far (45.35% per game).

A few Eagles at Bears trends to consider:
Eastern Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Eastern Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Washington's last 5 games
Eastern Washington is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Northern Colorado is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Colorado's last 7 games
Northern Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Washington at North Dakota, Saturday, March 1st
Northern Colorado at Portland State, Saturday, March 1st