The Northern Colorado Bears hit the road tonight to the McKale Center in Tuscon to do battle with the No. 8 Arizona Wildcats. The Bears enter this matchup with a 6-5 record after beating the South Dakota 75-69 last week. The Bears have bounced back impressively from a four-game losing streak to win their last three games in a row. The offense is led by Daylen Kountz who is averaging 18.9 points per game while Kur Jongkuch leads the team with 9-9 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats meanwhile are off to an excellent start with a 9-0 record out of the gate. Their last time out the Wildcats managed a close win over Ilinois 83-79. The Arizona offense is led by Benedict Mathurian who had 30 points against Illinois and is averaging 18.4 points per game.
This game features one of the biggest spreads on the board tonight and will be interesting to see how close the Bears can keep things. Here are the odds for this matchup, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Northern Colorado vs. Arizona Odds, Spread, and Total
- Northern Colorado: +24.5 (-110)
- Arizona: -24.5 (-110)
- Northern Colorado: N/A
- Arizona: N/A
Total: 154 (Over -110/Under -110)
Northern Colorado vs. Arizona Prediction and Pick
This will be an easy win for the Wildcats, but the question is whether or not the Bruins can manage to keep things close. Close being relative because the spread here is 24.5. The Wildcats enter this game with a 5-1 ATS record in their last six home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
Spreads this big are not my favorite but I do like the total here. The Wildcats have been strong over the team and are a 4-0 steak. This makes sense because they are one of the best offensive teams in the nation and I expect they will light up the scoreboard tonight. The Bears also feature a relatively strong offense and could combine to make this the highest-scoring game of the evening.
Pick: Northern Colorado & Arizona OVER 154