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Northern Colorado Bears vs Montana Grizzlies Preview

Montana GrizzliesNorthern Colorado Bears
12-9February 13, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall13-8

The visiting Montana Grizzlies 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 sit at 13-8 (7-9 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Grizzlies are currently 12-9 (6-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Colorado is 9-6-1 OU, and Montana is 11-3 OU.

View Montana Grizzlies vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Grizzlies were listed as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Bears, most recently No. 117 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Grizzlies, who rate No. 102 in the latest survey.

Montana was an 82-77 winner in its last match at home against Eastern Washington. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Montana got 23 points from Kareem Jamar en route to an 82-77 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena.

Northern Colorado was a 79-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Weber State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Bears endured a 79-65 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Tate Unruh at Dee Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Colorado's No. 80-ranked scoring average of 74.43 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense rated No. 164 and allowing 71.1 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 48.76% to date this season, more than the Grizzlies shooters have managed so far (47.54% per game).

A few Grizzlies at Bears trends to consider:
Montana is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Montana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montana's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montana's last 5 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Colorado's last 7 games
Northern Colorado is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Montana at North Dakota, Saturday, February 15th
Northern Colorado at Montana State, Saturday, February 15th