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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Bears over Sioux

North Dakota SiouxNorthern Colorado Bears
3-7December 29, 2013, 04:00 | Butler-Hancock Hall6-3

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Sunday when the Sioux of North Dakota hit the hard court against the Bears of Northern Colorado.

Northern Colorado battles the Sioux, currently sitting with a 3-7 mark (2-5-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-3 for the Bears and 5-3 for the Sioux.

View North Dakota Sioux vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Colorado sat as -5.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Bears sit at No. 103 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sioux sit at No. 230 on the same chart.

North Dakota was a 77-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against South Dakota State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. North Dakota got 30 points from Troy Huff en route to a 77-70 loss at the hands of North Dakota on Saturday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Last time out for Northern Colorado, they were a 72-59 loser as they battled Wyoming on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog. Dominique Lee scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 72-59 to Wyoming at Arena-Auditorium on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Colorado's No. 151-ranked offense, averaging 72.89 PPG, against a Sioux defense that ranks No. 227 at 77 PPG. The Bears field goal percentage has averaged 46.82% so far, more than the Sioux marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.15% per game.

A few Sioux at Bears trends to consider:
North Dakota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
North Dakota is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
North Dakota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of North Dakota's last 8 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Northern Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Dakota

Next up:
North Dakota home to Southern Utah, Thursday, January 2nd
Northern Colorado at Southern Utah, Saturday, January 4th