Southern Utah at Northern Colorado - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Southern Utah at Northern Colorado - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Utah (17-15) at Northern Colorado (22-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm (CenturyLink Arena)

The Line: Northern Colorado -6 -- Over/Under: 135.5

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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds (17-15, CONF 10-11) and Northern Colorado Bears (22-9, CONF 15-5) face off in the Big Sky Tournament at the CenturyLink Arena Northern Colorado won the two games over Southern Utah this season.

Southern Utah have been up and down this season but they come into this game having won three of the last four games. In the last nine games, SOuthern Utah has only covered three of the spreads. 

Over the last five games Southern Utah is averaging 72.6 points while the defense is giving up 69.2 points per game. In the first game of the Big Sky tournament, Southern Utah beat Idaho 75-69. Southern Utah was 12 point favorites so that wasn’t enough to cover the spread. 

Against Idaho, Southern Utah was led by guard Dre Marin who is averaging 19 points in 36 minutes of play. 

Northern Colorado had a bye in the first round of the Big Sky tournament, but they come into this game hot having won eight of the last ten games. During the ten game stretch, Northern Colorado has also covered the spread in seven of the games. 

Northern Colorado is averaging 77.6 points per game over the last five while giving up 62.8 points per game. 

Northern Colorado is led by guard Jonah Radebaugh who is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting almost 50 percent from the field. In each of the last three games, Radebaugh has scored at 21 points and they need him to be the leader of the team in this game.

Southern Utah is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. The over is 9-3-1 in Southern Utah’s last 13 games played on neutral sites. The over is 6-2 in Northern Colorado’s last eight games as a favorite. The under is 20-8 in Northern Colorado’s last 28 games played on a neutral site. 

Southern Utah kept it close in the last game against Northern Colorado and it’s going to happen again in this game. Look for Southern Utah to slow down the pace of the game and that will be enough to cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Southern Utah +6

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