The Pepperdine Waves (1-1) will be at home in Firestone Fieldhouse when they meet the Northern Colorado Bears (0-2). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 145 points with Pepperdine opening as a 1.5-point favorite. Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, November 17, 2017.
Northern Colorado Bears at Pepperdine Waves ATS Preview
The Bears fell to the UC Davis Aggies in their last contest, 74-59. With 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Andre Spight led Northern Colorado in scoring. UC Davis had a much better turnover percentage (12.7 vs. 22.1). Northern Colorado, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (25.0 vs. 14.3).
The last time the Waves played, they blew out the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen, 107-82. Pepperdines Kameron Edwards was a key piece with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Pepperdine played a perfect game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 56.8 and a free throw rate of 0.268. For those same stats, Cal Lutheran put up marks of 24.2 and 0.148, respectively.
It could be a tough game for Pepperdine on the offensive glass. The Waves rank 269th in offensive rebounding percentage (26.9 percent), while Northern Colorado ranks 21st in defensive rebounding percentage (75.2 percent) dating back to last season. Also, the Bears, who rank 303rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.210), could struggle to get to the line against the Waves, who rank 43rd in opponents FTA rate (0.200).
The Bears are 11-20 straight up (SU) and 12-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Since last season, Northern Colorado games have gone under the projected point total 55.6 percent of the time.
On the other hand, the Waves, are 10-23 SU and 10-21 ATS since last season. Games including Pepperdine have had a tendency to go over the O/U total over that same period (61.3 percent).
Northern Colorado Bears vs. Pepperdine Waves Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Northern Colorado, ATS Winner – Northern Colorado, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Waves rank 217th in blocks per game (2.6) while the Bears rank 242nd (2.3).
- Pepperdine ranks 241st in steals per game (5.2) while Northern Colorado ranks 245th (5.1).
- Northern Colorado ranks 25th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while Pepperdine ranks 322nd (15.7).
- The Bears rank 84th in assists allowed per game (12.2) while the Waves rank 298th (16.7).
- Northern Colorado ranks 100th in rebounds per game (36.9) while Pepperdine ranks 257th (33.7).