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Northern Colorado Bears face Colorado State Rams: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Northern Colorado BearsColorado State Rams
2-1November 22, 2013, 09:00 | Moby Arena2-2

Northern Colorado pays a visit to Colorado State on Friday, hoping to send the Rams to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Moby Arena.

Colorado State battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 2-1 mark (1-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-0 for the Rams and 0-1 for the Bears.

View Northern Colorado Bears vs Colorado State Rams Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 7-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(.

The Rams - Bears odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Colorado State is rated No. 145 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northern Colorado is at No. 36.

In their last action, Northern Colorado was a 67-63 loser on the road against New Mexico State. Derrick Barden scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 67-63 to New Mexico State at Pan American Center on Wednesday).

Colorado State was an 82-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Colorado State suffered an 82-74 loss against Texas El Paso on Tuesday, getting 19 points from Daniel Bejarano in a losing effort at Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Colorado State has the nation's No. 81-rated offensive output, at 80.5 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 66.33 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 45.18% so far, less than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.45% per game.

A few Bears at Rams trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Northern Colorado is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Colorado State
Colorado State is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Colorado State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Colorado State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Northern Colorado
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Colorado

Next up:
Northern Colorado home to Bethune-Cookman, Saturday, November 30th
Colorado State at Prairie View A&M, Monday, November 25th