Betting on today’s Vandals and Bears game? Catch the action at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, CO, as the Bears hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Big Sky conference contest is set at 145.5 points, with Northern Colorado being favored by -10.5 at home against Idaho.


The Pick: Idaho Vandals +10.5

This game will be played at Bank of Colorado Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • 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 at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Vandals Defense Show Up on the Road?

Today’s game will be the 27th one for Idaho this season and they currently have a record of 10-16. When playing on the road, the Vandals have a 4-8 record, and they also have a 4-8 record at home. Idaho’s ATS record is 11-12-1, which puts them below .500. However, in their last five games, they have a perfect 5-0 record vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 26 games, Idaho has an over/under record of 12-10-2, with their games averaging 139.9 points per game on average. When assessing the Vandals’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-1-1, with their games averaging 137 points per game.

The Idaho offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 55 points versus Idaho State. During the game, they attempted 18 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 36.5%. Leading the team in scoring was Kyson Rose with 11 points. Kristian Gonzalez also added 11 points for the Vandals.

In terms of defense, Idaho is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 70.8 points per game. So far, the Idaho defense is giving up an average of 7.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (456th).

Will the Bears Come Through as Home Favorites?

The Northern Colorado Bears, who are set to face Idaho, have a record of 16-10. In games played on the road, the Bears are 6-6 while at home they are 8-3. With a current ATS record of 10-12-1, Northern Colorado is sitting below .500. In their last ten games, Northern Colorado has gone 1-4 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Northern Colorado have had an average of 160 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 150.9 points. Their over/under record is 16-7-0. When analyzing the Bears’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 151 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2-1.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Colorado offense tallied 80 points in a matchup against Sacramento State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 58.7%, and they made 5 threes. In terms of offense, the Bears have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, putting them 44th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 68th in percentage and 123rd in three-pointers made.

At present, the Bears’ defense is nationally ranked 293rd, allowing 77.8 points per game. Northern Colorado’s three-point defense is currently 208th in the country at 8.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.5% of their shots vs. Northern Colorado.