Check out our free Montana vs Northern Colorado pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Greeley. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Montana vs Northern Colorado Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Grizzlies vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Montana Grizzlies at Northern Colorado Bears
  • Where: Greeley at Bank of Colorado Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Montana +1, MONT -104 | NCOL -119 O/U 147.0

Grizzlies Preview:

The Montana Grizzlies head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 7-8. So far, the Grizzlies have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 1-6. For the season, Montana has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Grizzlies being +1 point underdogs.

Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 16.53 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.47 boards per contest. Behind Bannan, the team has benefited from the strong play of Dischon Thomas, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.8% of his shots and is adding 5.27 boards per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Montana this season, as they are currently ranked 167th in college basketball at 72.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Grizzlies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.9%, placing them 190th in the NCAA.

Bears Preview:

Northern Colorado heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-10. So far this season, Northern Colorado has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-4. The Bears’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Northern Colorado has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.

Northern Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dalton Knecht who is averaging 18.2 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 40.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 17.13 points per game.

Through 15 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: Northern Colorado Bears -1

According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Montana Grizzlies and Northern Colorado Bears is to get money down on the Northern Colorado to win an cover as -1 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 10.23 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the Northern Colorado Bears at -1.

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