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Northern Colorado Bears vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Northern Arizona LumberjacksNorthern Colorado Bears
8-9January 23, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall11-4

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Butler-Hancock Hall Thursday as host Northern Colorado looks to handle the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in NCAA hoops action.

The Lumberjacks will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 9-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bears are 6-4 ATS. Northern Arizona is 5-9 against the total, while Northern Colorado is 5-5 versus the number.

View Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bears installed as -8.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bears rated this week at No. 50 and the Lumberjacks sitting at No. 100.

Northern Colorado won its last outing, an 84-73 result against Montana on January 18. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. The Bears got 20 points from Tate Unruh as Northern Colorado ran past Montanan 84-73 on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northern Colorado's No. 159-rated squad against Northern Arizona's No. 188-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northern Colorado rates No. 132 in the country with 6.07 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 141 nationally with 5.94 per match.

A few Lumberjacks at Bears trends to consider:
Northern Arizona is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 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:
Northern Arizona at North Dakota, Saturday, January 25th
Northern Colorado at Sacramento State, Saturday, January 25th