Northern Colorado Bears vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 12/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Colorado Bears vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Northern Colorado Bears (5-5) are headed to CU Events Center on Sunday where they will play the Colorado Buffaloes (6-5).
The Northern Colorado Bears took the court against Cal State Northridge and notched a win by a score of 70-63 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Bears ended up walking away with 15 while Cal State Northridge recorded 19 personal fouls. They converted 4 of 17 tries from 3-point range. Cal State Northridge finished the contest at 50.0% from the free throw line by making 9 of their 18 attempts. In addition, Cal State Northridge grabbed 33 rebounds (11 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't have a block. Cal State Northridge doled out 6 assists and had 6 steals for the game. Regarding defending, Northern Colorado allowed the other team to go 38.5% from the field on 25 of 65 shooting. They also dished out 11 assists as well as forcing the opposition into 4 turnovers, but wasn't able to put a steal in the stat sheet. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bears made 21 of their 27 shots for a rate of 77.8%. Northern Colorado finished with a 35.2% field goal percentage (19 out of 54) and knocked down 11 out of their 28 three-point shots.
Daylen Kountz is a guy who was a factor for this game. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field and distributed 1 assist. He was on the court for 33 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. He scored 19 points on 5 of 10 shooting.
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Northern Colorado enters this matchup with a mark of 5-5 this year. They are averaging 71.4 points per game (205th in D-1) while hitting 42.8% from the field. The Bears are connecting on 36.4% on three-point attempts (95 of 261) and 79.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Northern Colorado is collecting 31.2 rebounds per game and has earned 119 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 305th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.0 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Bears are able to force 9.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.0 fouls. They relinquish 34.0% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 353rd in college basketball in points per game allowed (80.1). The Bears defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.6% (301 of 632) and they concede 36.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 200th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 134 surrendered on the season.
In their last game, the Colorado Buffaloes went home victorious with a score of 84-73 when they played North Alabama. When talking about how they attacked the glass, Colorado allowed North Alabama to grab 27 overall (4 offensive). They finished the game shooting 36.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 7 of 19 and finished the game at 14 out of 16 at the free throw line (87.5%). The Buffaloes allowed North Alabama to bury 26 of their 52 tries from the floor which had them at 50.0% in this matchup. Overall, the Buffaloes went 31 out of 61 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.8%. In terms of 3-point shots, Colorado made 5 out of 19 tries (26.3%). They were able to knock down 17 of them for a clip of 63.0%. North Alabama committed 16 fouls in the game which took the Buffaloes to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They also turned it over 10 times, while earning 9 steals in the game. The Buffaloes earned 30 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 39 in this matchup.
Tristan Da Silva ended up being important for the Buffaloes in this matchup. He converted 11 of 18 for the game for a rate of 61.1%, and added 9 rebounds. He racked up 25 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for this contest.
Colorado has a record of 6-5 so far this year. The Buffaloes commit 17.3 fouls every game while shooting 64.5% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.1 times per game (144th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 14.1 times per game. Colorado has accumulated 819 points on the season (74.5 per game) and they pull in 39.8 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Buffaloes are connecting on 44.6% from the field, which is ranked 182nd in college basketball.
The Buffaloes on the defensive side of the court are 154th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 67.6. They have forced 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.2% from the floor (108th in D-1). The Colorado defense surrenders 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc (72 of 228) and opponents are knocking down 67.6% of their foul shots. They relinquish 10.7 assists and 34.0 rebounds per contest, which is 66th and 179th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northern Colorado
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