The South Dakota Coyotes (5-1) and the Northern Colorado Bears (3-2) face off at Sanford Pentagon. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Northern Colorado Bears vs. South Dakota Coyotes Odds Preview
The last time the Bears played, they were victorious over the Youngstown State Penguins, 80-67. With 11 points and 12 rebounds, Jalen Sanders put together a good game for Northern Colorado. The Bears had a better free throw rate (0.232 vs. 0.141) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.469).
The Coyotes will look to keep it rolling after topping the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in their last outing, 84-71. With 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Trey Burch-Manning was the games high scorer. South Dakota dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.460 (above their season average of 0.228) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.0 (above their season average of 28.6). For those same stats, Southern Miss had marks of 0.164 and 18.9, respectively.
It will be a matchup of conflicting tempos as the up-tempo Coyotes will look to push the more grind-it-out Bears. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Coyotes rank 54th in possessions per game while the Bears are 164th.
Of Northern Colorado’s 3 games that accepted bets, two have finished under the projected point total, while 1 of South Dakota’s 2 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Coyotes have a sizable advantage. They are 5-1 SU and 2-0 ATS, while the Bears are 3-2 SU and 1-2 ATS.
Northern Colorado Bears vs. South Dakota Coyotes Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Northern Colorado, ATS Winner – Northern Colorado, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Coyotes rank 131st in blocks per game (3.5) while the Bears rank 230th (2.6).
- Northern Colorado ranks 23rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while South Dakota ranks 235th (19.2).
- The Coyotes rank 78th in steals per game (6.9) while the Bears rank 244th (5.2).
- South Dakota ranks 75th in rebounds per game (37.9) while Northern Colorado ranks 237th in rebounds allowed per game (36.7).