Montana State vs Northern Colorado Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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The No. 2 seed Montana State Bobcats (22-9, 15-3 Big Sky) will square off in the Big Sky Tournament against the No. 8 seed Northern Colorado Bears (12-19, 6-12 Big Sky) on Sunday at Idaho Central Arena, beginning at 10:00 PM.

Montana State is a healthy 8-point favorite against Northern Colorado when the Bobcats face off against the Bears on Sunday. The point total for the game is set at 146.5.

Montana State vs. Northern Colorado Odds

Point Spread for Montana State vs. Northern Colorado

The spread for this matchup is set at 8 points, with sportsbooks listing Montana State as the favorite.

Montana State vs. Northern Colorado Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Montana State has -396 odds to pick up the win, while Northern Colorado is listed at +312 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 146.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Arena: Idaho Central Arena

Montana State vs. Northern Colorado Betting Trends

Against the spread, Montana State is 17-9-3 this season. The Bobcats have won in 17, or 81%, of the 21 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Montana State’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 12 times in 30 opportunities (40%).

Northern Colorado has 13 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. The Bears have won two of the 14 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (14.3%). Northern Colorado’s games this year have gone over the total in 19 of 30 opportunities (63.3%).

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Montana State vs. Northern Colorado Key Players to Watch

Montana State

Raequan Battle leads the Bobcats with 17.1 points per game and 1 assists, while also putting up 3.1 rebounds. Darius Brown II paces the Bobcats at 4.7 assists per contest, while also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 9.2 points. Jubrile Belo leads the Bobcats at 6.1 rebounds per game, while also averaging 0.9 assists and 12.8 points. Great Osobor averages 9.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1 assists per contest, shooting 62.2% from the field.

Northern Colorado

Dalton Knecht is the Bears’ top scorer (20 points per game) and rebounder (7.2), and averages 1.7 assists. Daylen Kountz is posting 16.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3 assists per game, making 43.3% of his shots from the floor and 31.6% from beyond the arc, with 1 treys per game. Matt Johnson is posting a team-leading 3.4 assists per contest. And he is producing 12.4 points and 2.8 rebounds, making 40.1% of his shots from the floor and 35.7% from 3-point range, with 2.3 treys per game. The Bears get 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Riley Abercrombie.

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What you need to know about the Montana State Bobcats

Montana State has compiled an 11-6-1 ATS record in conference play so far this year. With 74 points per game on offense, the Bobcats are 125th in the country. Defensively, they give up 66.3 points per contest, which ranks 70th in college basketball. Montana State ranks 15th-best in college basketball by allowing only 27.4 rebounds per game. It ranks 285th in college basketball by pulling down 29.8 rebounds per contest.

Montana State is 301st in the nation with 6.2 treys per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 225th with a 33.4% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Bobcats are allowing 6.5 treys per game (81st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 34.5% three-point percentage (223rd-ranked).

The Bobcats have a 5-4-1 record against the spread while finishing 9-1 overall over their past 10 contests. Five of Montana State’s last 10 contests have hit the over. Montana State has been putting up 71.4 points per game in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 74 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Montana State has been a little improved on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 66.2 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 66.3 it has surrendered per game this year.

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What you need to know about the Northern Colorado Bears

Northern Colorado and its opponents have combined to go over the point total 12 out of 19 times this season in Big Sky play. The Bears are 134th in the country in points scored (73.6 per game) and 15th-worst in points conceded (77.3). Northern Colorado is 267th in the nation in rebounds per game (30.2) and 269th in rebounds conceded (32.3).

In 2022-23, Northern Colorado is 72nd in the country in 3-point makes (8.4 per game) and 90th in 3-point percentage (35.8%). In 2022-23, the Bears are 98th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (6.6 per game) and 117th in defensive 3-point percentage (32.9%).

The Bears have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall in their past 10 games. Northern Colorado has hit the over in seven of its last 10 games. In its previous 10 games, Northern Colorado is averaging 78.7 points per game, 5.1 more than its season average (73.6). In their past 10 games, the Bears are allowing 74.1 points per game, compared to their season average of 77.3 points allowed.

Montana State vs. Northern Colorado Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Montana State, and we project that Northern Colorado will cover the spread (Montana State -8). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146.5 points.

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How to bet Montana State vs. Northern Colorado

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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