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Portland State Vikings take on Bears in NCAA basketball test

Portland State VikingsNorthern Colorado Bears
13-13March 01, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall16-10

Butler-Hancock Hall features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Northern Colorado Bears and the visiting Portland State Vikings in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Bears are 16-10 so far on the season, and 9-12 ATS vs. the number. The Vikings, meanwhile, are 13-13 and 11-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northern Colorado go 11-9-1 and the Vikings go 12-10 on the totals.

View Portland State Vikings vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Colorado sat as -9.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Bears - Vikings odds would favor the Vikings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Colorado is rated No. 167 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Portland State is at No. 148.

Last time out for Portland State, they were an 83-73 loser as they battled North Dakota on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Andre Winston, Jr. scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Vikings to a win (they lost 83-73 to North Dakota at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday).

Last time out for Northern Colorado, they were an 80-66 loser as they battled Eastern Washington at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Tate Unruh scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 80-66 to Eastern Washington at Butler-Hancock Hall on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Colorado's No. 67 nationally ranked offense (74.35 points per game) against a Vikings defense that sits as the No. 193 at 72.35 PPG. The Bears have been averaging 49.12% from the field, more than the Vikings have managed so far this season (46.77% on average).

A few Vikings at Bears trends to consider:
Portland State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Portland State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Portland State is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Portland State is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Northern Colorado is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Northern Colorado is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Northern Colorado is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Portland State home to Weber State, Thursday, March 6th
Northern Colorado at North Dakota, Tuesday, March 4th