Northern Colorado Bears vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 12/14/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northern Colorado Bears vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Colorado (+14.5)
The Northern Colorado Bears (2-0) are headed to CU Events Center on Monday where they'll meet the Colorado Buffaloes (2-1). Northern Colorado opens this game as 14.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 136.5.
Northern Colorado enters this contest with a mark of 2-0 this season. The Bears are connecting on 36.0% on shots from downtown (18 of 50) and 51.6% from the charity stripe. They average 85.0 points per game (43rd in Division 1) while connecting on 54.4% from the field. They are giving up possession 12.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, Northern Colorado is snagging 44.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 31 dimes for the season, which is 279th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Bears are able to force 9.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.5 personal fouls. The Bears are allowing a field goal percentage of 38.3% (46 of 120) and they concede 25.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 16th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 16 relinquished on the campaign. They are surrendering 25.7% on 3-point shots and they rank 37th in college hoops in points per game allowed (60.0).
The Northern Colorado Bears faced the Regis Rangers and walked away with a win by a score of 83-58 in their last contest. Northern Colorado walked away from the game with a 59.3% field goal percentage (32 of 54) and knocked down 11 of their 24 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bears converted 8 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 61.5%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 44 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 17 assists in this game as well as earning 2 steals and 3 blocked shots. With respect to defending, Northern Colorado allowed their opponent to shoot 59.3% from the field on 32 out of 54. Regis totaled 10 assists and 9 steals for this game. On top of that, the Rangers collected 17 rebounds (0 offensive, 17 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Regis ended up going 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 8 of their 12 attempts. They knocked down 4 of 15 attempts from distance.
Matt Johnson is someone who saw a lot of court time for this contest. He recorded 13 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 26 minutes played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Johnson finished the contest at 62.5% from the field and distributed 6 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Bears was Bodie Hume. He snagged 10 rebounds and also had 3 dimes. He shot 81.8% from the field for the contest by shooting 9-of-11 (25 points). When this game wrapped up, Hume played for 25 min.
Colorado has a mark of 2-1 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Buffaloes are shooting 41.4% from the field, which ranks them 279th in the nation. Colorado has 207 points so far this year (69.0 per contest) and they average 37.3 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 14.3 times per game (133rd in D-1) and they turn the ball over 14.0 times per game. The Buffaloes are responsible for committing 17.3 fouls every game and they hit 87.5% from the free throw line. The Buffaloes on the defensive side of the court are 27th in the country in points given up per game with 58.3. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 37.5% from the floor (42nd in D-1). The Colorado defense gives up 30.8% from downtown (20 of 65) and their opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 11.7 assists and 32.3 rebounds every game, which ranks them 107th and 77th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the Colorado Buffaloes took a loss by a final score of 56-47 when they played the Tennessee Volunteers. The Buffaloes snagged 26 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the game. They also turned away 2 tries while getting 5 steals in the game. The Volunteers were called for 15 fouls in this contest which got the Buffaloes to the free throw line for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 83.3%. In terms of three-point shots, Colorado buried 5 out of their 22 tries (22.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Buffaloes shot 16 out of 48 from the floor which had them shooting 33.3%. The Buffaloes allowed the Volunteers to knock down 19 of 53 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 35.8% in this matchup. They went 36.8% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Colorado permitted Tennessee to collect 30 in all (11 on the offensive side).
McKinley Wright ended up having an impact for the Buffaloes in this game. He knocked down 3 out of 8 in the game for a field goal rate of 37.5%, which had him finishing with 8 points. Wright had 7 rebounds in his 40 minutes played and totaled 4 assists in this contest. Another guy that was important for Colorado was Keeshawn Barthelemy. He ended up walking away with 7 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 of 12 from the floor in the game. Barthelemy ended the game having shot 25.0% from the field while also earning 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northern Colorado (+14.5)
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