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

Northern Colorado vs Idaho State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Bears vs Bengals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Northern Colorado Bears at Idaho State Bengals
  • Where: Pocatello at Reed Gym
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Northern Colorado -1.5, NCOL -126 | IDHST +102 O/U 145.5

Bears Preview:

Through 13 games, the Northern Colorado Bears have an overall record of 5-8. So far, the Bears have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 2-5. This season, Northern Colorado has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. For today’s contest, Northern Colorado have a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

Dalton Knecht comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 18.15 points per contest. Not only has Knecht been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Northern Colorado’s top rebounder at 7.85 boards per contest. Behind Knecht, the team has benefited from the strong play of Daylen Kountz who is second on the team in scoring at 17.77 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.7% of his shots and is adding 2.54 boards per game.

Through 13 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.

Bengals Preview:

Idaho State will take the floor against the Bears with an overall record of 4-10. So far this season, Idaho State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-4. For the season, Idaho State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bengals being +1.5 point underdogs.

Idaho State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brock Mackenzie who is averaging 14.0 points per game for the Bengals. Mackenzie 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 Bengals’ offensive gameplan is the play of Miguel Tomley who has hit 38.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.43 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Idaho State this season, as they are currently ranked 397th in college basketball at 64.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bengals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.0%, placing them 417th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Northern Colorado Bears -1.5

Leading into this matchup, the Northern Colorado Bears are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -1.5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Bears’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Northern Colorado has a field goal percentage of 47.4, good for 49th in college basketball. Although Northern Colorado hasn’t been excellent vs the spread on the road of late, 4-6, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -1.5.


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