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Idaho vs Northern Colorado Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Vandals vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Idaho Vandals at Northern Colorado Bears
  • Where: Greeley at Bank of Colorado Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Idaho +5, IDAHO +176 | NCOL -223 O/U 153.5

Vandals Preview:

The Idaho Vandals will be looking to pick up their 21st win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far, the Vandals have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 3-7. For the season, Idaho has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 5-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Vandals being +5 point underdogs.

Isaac Jones comes into today’s game as the Vandals’ leading scorer at 19.21 points per contest. Not only has Jones been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Idaho’s top rebounder at 7.37 boards per contest. Behind Jones, the team has benefited from the strong play of Divant’e Moffitt, who is second on the team in scoring at 18.25 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.3% of his shots and is adding 2.4 boards per game.

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On offense, Idaho comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 267th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Vandals’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. So far, 37.79% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.2%.

Bears Preview:

Through 19 games, the Northern Colorado Bears have an overall record of 6-13. So far this season, Northern Colorado has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-6. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bears as the -5 point favorites. The Bears have been favored 8 times, going 4-4 straight up.

Northern Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dalton Knecht who is averaging 19.74 points per game for the Bears. Knecht is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bears’ offensive game plan is the play of Daylen Kountz who has hit 39.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.26 points per game.

Through 19 games, Northern Colorado has been playing well on offense, averaging 78.2 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Bears’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.2% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 10.23 made 3’s per contest.

Free Spread Prediction: Idaho Vandals +5

Heading into this matchup between the Northern Colorado Bears and Idaho Vandals we have a strong lean on taking the points with Idaho at +5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Idaho to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Idaho Vandals at +5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


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