Cleveland State vs Northern Colorado Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/24/24

Northern Colorado (19-13) vs Cleveland State (20-14)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 11:00 am (Ocean Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Colorado +2.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Northern Colorado vs Cleveland State betting prediction for this CBI college basketball game on Sunday, March 24th at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Northern Colorado recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Cleveland State recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Northern Colorado
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Cleveland State
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Northern Colorado and Cleveland State
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Northern Colorado and Cleveland State

Northern Colorado Preview

The Northern Colorado Bears are 19-13 (12-6) this year after they lost to Idaho State by a score of 83-76 in the Big Sky Tournament. Northern Colorado trailed 33-30 at the half and they allowed 50 points in the second half for the loss. The Bears shot 46% from the field and had 12 turnovers in the game. Northern Colorado did defeat Northern Arizona by a score of 82-74 and Idaho State by a score of 81-79 in the two games prior to that loss. Among the notable wins, the Bears defeated Montana. The Bears are scoring 80.3 points per game with 34.5 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game, while allowing 77.8 points against per game this year. Saint Thomas is averaging 19.7 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game. Northern Colorado is shooting 49% from the field, 72.9% on free throws, and 35.6% on three pointers this season. 

Cleveland State Preview

The Cleveland State Vikings are 20-14 (11-9) this season after they lost to Oakland by a score of 74-71 in the Horizon League Tournament. Cleveland State was tied at 38 at the half, but they only scored 33 points in the second half in the loss. The Vikings shot 41.3% from the field and went 3-16 on three pointers in the game. Cleveland State had won their previous three games against Youngstown State and IUPUI (twice). The Vikings are scoring 76.2 points per game with 35.1 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game, while giving up 72.9 points against per game this season. Tristan Enaruna is averaging 19.8 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Cleveland State is shooting 45.1% from the field, 67.4% on free throws, and 33.6% on three pointers this year. 

Northern Colorado Bears Team Facts

  • Northern Colorado has won each of its last five day games.
  • Each of Northern Colorado's last five games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 158+ points.
  • Northern Colorado has won the first half in three of its last four games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Cleveland State Vikings Team Facts

  • Cleveland State has lost each of its last five day games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Each of Cleveland State's last 13 games have produced a total of 154 or fewer points.
  • Cleveland State has lost the first half in five of its last six day games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Northern Colorado ranks 14th among Division 1 teams for field goals made per game this season (29.7).
  • Northern Colorado ranks 17th among Division 1 teams for field goal percentage this season (49.0%).
  • Cleveland State ranks 19th among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point percentage this season (30.3%).
  • Cleveland State ranks 32nd among Division 1 teams for turnover percentage this season (12.7%).

Northern Colorado vs Cleveland State Betting Prediction

Cleveland State comes into this game after winning three of their last four games, but they did lose to Oakland by three points in the conference tournament. The Vikings were only a couple of possessions away from beating Oakland, who upset Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. Northern Colorado didn’t finish the regular season playing great, as they lost three of their last five games, but they did finish tied for second in the Big Sky. These two teams are pretty evenly matched, but I am going to take Cleveland State, as they are the better defensive team. Take the Vikings here. 

David’s Pick Cleveland State ML

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