Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bears and Bengals. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bengals at Holt Arena in Pocatello, ID. Get ready to place your bets! This Big Sky conference matchup has an over/under of 145 points, and Idaho State is favored to win by -2 at home vs. Northern Colorado.

NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS VS IDAHO STATE BENGALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho State Bengals -2

This game will be played at Holt Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE IDAHO STATE BENGALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bengals.
  • Not only will Idaho State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bears Offense Score Enough in Pocatello?

So far this season, Northern Colorado has gone 17-12, including a 10-5 record in Big Sky games. On the road, the Bears are 6-7 compared to a 9-4 mark at home.

As an underdog, Northern Colorado has gone 3-6, and they come into this matchup with Idaho State having lost their most recent game to Eastern Washington by a score of 85-76.

As the underdog, Northern Colorado has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 6-3. Overall, their ATS mark is 11-14-1. On the road, the Bears are 7-6 vs. the spread and have gone 1-2 in their last three games as the visitor.

This season, the over/under record for Northern Colorado games is 16-8-2, and the average scoring total in their games is 158.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 145 is lower than the average OU line in their games (151.3). So far, 23 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 154 points.

The Bears’ offense wrapped up their last game with 76 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 80.3 points per contest. In terms of three-point shooting, the Bears offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 22.6 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 48%.

Coming into today’s game, the Northern Colorado defense is giving up an average of 77.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Eastern Washington, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 85 points vs. Northern Colorado.

Can Idaho State Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Idaho State will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak at home when they take on Northern Colorado. The Bengals have gone 6-3 at home this season and have an average scoring margin of +3.7 points per game.

Overall, Idaho State is 12-17 this season and 7-8 in Big Sky Conference play. They have been the favorite in seven games, going 5-2 in those contests.

When looking at Idaho State’s ATS record this season, they are currently 11-14-1. At home, their ATS mark is just 3-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bengals are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Idaho State games is 15-9-2. The average point total in their games this year is 139, while the average over/under line is 135.9. Today’s over/under line of 145 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 142 points.

Idaho State’s offense had a good outing, putting up 80 points against Weber State. They achieved a 59.6% field goal percentage and went 8/13 from the free-throw line. Offensively, the Bengals have a season long field goal percentage of 46%, which is 110th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 305th in percentage and 269th in three-pointers made.

The Bengals’ defense is presently ranked 100th nationally, allowing an average of 69.5 points per contest. Against Weber State, the Bengals’ defense gave up 62 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Weber State only made 8 free-throws.