Northern Colorado Bears vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 11/7/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Colorado Bears vs Houston Cougars
Date: Monday, November 7, 2022
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
The Northern Colorado Bears (22-16 last season) are on their way to Fertitta Center on Monday where they will compete against the Houston Cougars (32-6 last year).
The Northern Colorado Bears faced off with UNC Wilmington and ended up losing by a score of 80-64 in their last contest of last season. With respect to fouls, the Bears finished with 14 while UNC Wilmington totaled 20 fouls. They also converted 5 of their 12 attempts from distance. UNC Wilmington finished the game shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 18 attempts. Additionally, UNC Wilmington had 32 rebounds (7 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UNC Wilmington distributed 8 assists and had 5 steals for this game. In reference to the defense, Northern Colorado let their opponent shoot 53.6% from the field on 30 out of 56 shooting. They also doled out 10 assists for the game in addition to creating 4 turnovers and earning 1 steal. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 33 with 12 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Bears made 9 of their 15 tries for a rate of 60.0%. Northern Colorado finished the game with a 39.7% field goal percentage (23 of 58) and converted 9 of 27 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kur Jongkuch is a guy who was a contributor in the game. He accounted for 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 32 mins played and totaled 13 rebounds. He finished the contest at 57.1% from the floor and totaled 5 dimes.
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Northern Colorado will play this game after finishing with a mark of 22-16 last season. They averaged 77.9 points per game (29th in the country) while connecting on 47.5% from the floor. The Bears shot 38.1% on 3-point shots (389 of 1020) and 70.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Northern Colorado pulled in 34.3 rebounds per game and accounted for 467 assists last season, which ranked 83rd in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turned the ball over 12.4 times per game and as a unit committed 17.2 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bears forced 9.8 turnovers per game and they drew 17.5 fouls. They were ranked 203rd in D-1 in giving up assists with 415 surrendered last season. The Bears defensively allowed a FG percentage of 45.9% (1,070 of 2,330) and they conceded 33.6 rebounds per game as a team. They surrendered 37.0% on shots from downtown and they were 334th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (76.9).
The last time they took the court last year, the Houston Cougars took a loss by a score of 50-44 against Villanova. The Cougars recorded 22 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this game. They turned it over 9 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. Villanova was called for 12 fouls in this game which took the Cougars to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 64.3%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Houston made 1 out of their 20 tries (5.0%). When all was said and done, the Cougars finished shooting 17 for 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 29.8%. The Cougars permitted Villanova to bury 15 of their 52 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 28.8% for the contest. They shot 23.8% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 out of 21 and finished the contest at 15 of 15 at the free throw line (100.0%). Concerning rebounds, Houston permitted Villanova to pull down 35 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Jamal Shead ended up being a major contributor for the Cougars for the matchup. He scored 21 points in his 38 minutes of playing time and had 6 assists for the matchup. He converted 5 of 16 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 31.3%, and tallied 4 rebounds.
Houston had a record of 32-6 last year. The Cougars committed 17.2 fouls per game and they went 66.7% from the free throw line. They dished out assists 16.2 times per game (14th in college basketball) and they turned it over 11.1 times per game. Houston had 2,844 pts throughout last year (74.8 per game) and they averaged 39.0 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Cougars connected on 46.5% from the field, which had them ranked 47th in the nation.
The Cougars on the defensive end were ranked 3rd in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 58.8. They forced their opponents into 14.2 TO's every game and let teams shoot 37.1% from the floor (1st in college basketball). The Houston defense allowed 28.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (246 of 855) and their opponents knocked down 71.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They gave up 10.8 assists and 32.0 boards every game, which was ranked 45th and 52nd in D-1.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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