Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bengals and Bears. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bears at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, CO. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 147 points, and Northern Colorado is favored by -9.5 to win at home against Idaho State.

IDAHO STATE BENGALS VS NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho State Bengals +9.5

This game will be played at Bank of Colorado Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE IDAHO STATE BENGALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Bears.
  • Even though we have Northern Colorado winning straight-up, we like Idaho State at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Bengals Pull Off a Road Win?

Idaho State heads into tonight’s game as a 9.5-point underdog, and they will look to improve their 3-12 record as the underdog this season. They are coming off a 74-64 win over Weber State, and they have gone 2-3 on the road in their last five games.

On the season, Idaho State has gone 3-10 on the road, and they have an average scoring margin of -6.1 points per game away from home. In Big Sky play, the Bengals are 3-5, and their overall record is 8-13.

As the underdog, Idaho State has gone 5-9-1 against the spread this season. On the road, their ATS record is 5-7-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bengals are just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.

Idaho State’s over/under record this season is 11-6-2 and today’s over/under line of 147 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (135.7). So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than 147. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Idaho State offense tallied 74 points in a matchup against Weber State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50%, and they made 3 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Brayden Parker, who holds an average of 13.5 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Miguel Tomley is averaging 11.7 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Idaho State defense is giving up an average of 68.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Idaho State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.5% this season.

Are the Bears Ready for a Home Win?

After their 89-68 win over Idaho, Northern Colorado is 12-8 overall and 5-2 in Big Sky play. They are favored by 9.5 points tonight, and they have gone 7-2 when favored this season.

At home, the Bears are 5-2 this season, and they have won their last five games at home. Over their last 10 games at home, they are 8-2.

At home this season, Northern Colorado has an ATS record of 2-4-1 and an overall ATS mark of 9-8-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bears have gone 4-5-1 vs. the spread. In their last three home games, Northern Colorado has an ATS record of 1-1-1.

On the season, the over/under record for Northern Colorado games is 13-5. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 161.2 points, which is higher than today’s line of 147. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points. Currently, their over/under record in their last three games is 1-2.

Northern Colorado’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 89 points against Idaho. They had an overall field goal percentage of 57.1% and made 6/6 free throws. On the offensive front, the Bears have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, ranking 44th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 101st in terms of percentage and 96th in three-pointers made.

The Bears’ defense is presently ranked 281st nationally, allowing an average of 77.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northern Colorado’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.5% this season.