BigSky foes will clash when the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (6-5, 0-2 BigSky) go head-to-head against the Weber State Wildcats (5-8, 1-1 BigSky) at the Walkup Skydome. Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Weber State Wildcats vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Betting Preview
In the Wildcats’ last game, they won a close one over the Idaho Vandals, 69-68. With 12 points and 10 rebounds, Michal Kozak put together a good performance for Weber State. The Wildcats had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 5.2 (better than their season average of 16.7), while the Vandals had a free throw rate of 0.136 (below their season average of 0.188).
The Lumberjacks are hoping for a better outcome after their 63-61 loss to the Montana State Bobcats in their last matchup. Bernie Andre led Northern Arizona in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Montana State did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (25-28; 89.3 percent). Northern Arizona, on the other hand, held the Bobcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 22.9).
It could be a difficult game for Northern Arizona on the offensive glass. The Lumberjacks are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 163rd in offensive rebounding percentage at 29.3 percent. Meanwhile, Weber State ranks 18th in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 77.7 percent.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wildcats won both contests last season. In the last contest, Weber State won 86-71. Weber State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.615 vs. 0.453). Northern Arizona, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (20.5 vs. 12.9).
Weber State Wildcats at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northern Arizona, ATS Winner – Northern Arizona, O/U – Over
The Wildcats are 13th in the nation with 2.2 blocks allowed per game while the Lumberjacks are 27th with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
Northern Arizona ranks 85th in assists per game (14.3) while Weber State ranks 208th in assists allowed per game (15.0).
The Lumberjacks rank 30th in three pointers allowed per game (18.1) while the Wildcats rank 146th (22.2).
Northern Arizona ranks 163rd in rebounds per game (35.3) while Weber State ranks 236th (32.7).
The Lumberjacks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 6.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 73.0 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (2.5 above their season average).