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Northern Colorado Bears host Idaho State Bengals in college basketball action

Idaho State BengalsNorthern Colorado Bears
5-7January 11, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall9-3

The Idaho State Bengals will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Bears in Northern Colorado at Butler-Hancock Hall on Saturday in college basketball action.

Northern Colorado battles the Bengals, currently sitting with a 5-7 mark (5-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Bears and 4-3 for the Bengals.

View Idaho State Bengals vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

Northern Colorado opened as -9.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 62 (Bears) and the No. 238 (Bengals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Idaho State was a 66-62 loser on the road against North Dakota. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Idaho State got 24 points from Chris Hansen but lost anyway, 66-62, to North Dakota on Thursday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Northern Colorado was a 70-51 winner in its last match at home against Weber State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Bears got a 21-point performance from Derrick Barden, who added 13 rebounds, as Northern Colorado ran past Weber State 70-51 on Thursday at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Colorado's No. 100-ranked scoring average of 75.08 PPG, against a Bengals defense rated No. 178 and allowing 72 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 49.19% to date this season, more than the Bengals shooters have managed so far (46.6% per game).

A few Bengals at Bears trends to consider:
Idaho State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Idaho State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Idaho State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Northern Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Idaho State's last 5 games when playing Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Northern Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Idaho State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 5 games when playing Idaho State

Next up:
Idaho State home to Southern Utah, Thursday, January 16th
Northern Colorado at Montana State, Thursday, January 16th