BigSky foes will collide when the Eastern Washington Eagles (12-6, 5-2 BigSky) clash with the Northern Colorado Bears (12-6, 5-2 BigSky) at Reese Court. Tip-off is set for 9:05 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Northern Colorado Bears vs. Eastern Washington Eagles Odds Preview
The Bears dismantled the Idaho Vandals in their last contest, 74-53. With 12 points and 13 assists, Northern Colorado’s Jonah Radebaugh had a good performance. The Bears had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 6.1 (better than their season average of 13.9) and held the Vandals to an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 (below their season average of 0.493).
In the Eagles’ last matchup, they topped the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 81-78. Eastern Washington received a boost from Mason Peatling, who was the game’s high scorer with 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting. The Eagles held the Thunderbirds to an effective field goal percentage of 0.470 (below their season average of 0.520) and had a free throw rate of 0.250 (above their season average of 0.192).
It will be a battle of opposite styles as the fast-breaking Eagles will look to push the more half-court-oriented Bears. The Eagles currently rank seventh in possessions per game while the Bears are 308th.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. In the last matchup, the Eagles won 88-78. The Eagles played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.614 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4. For those same stats, the Bears put up marks of 0.557 and 29.4, respectively.
Northern Colorado Bears at Eastern Washington Eagles Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Eastern Washington, ATS Winner – Eastern Washington, O/U – Under
The Bears rank first in three pointers allowed per game (13.7) while the Eagles rank 100th (20.7).
Eastern Washington blocks 3.9 opponent shots per game, which ranks 72nd in the nation. Northern Colorado ranks 85th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Northern Colorado ranks first in assists allowed per game (7.2) while Eastern Washington ranks 205th (14.6).
The Bears rank 74th in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while the Eagles rank 251st (38.7).
Northern Colorado ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (4.7) while Eastern Washington ranks 164th (7.2).
The Eagles have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Eastern Washington has defeated opponents by an average of 8.0 points.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 68.4 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.8 points per game (1.0 below their season average).