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Weber State Plays for Big Stakes in Big Sky Action Against Northern Colorado

The Weber State Wildcats try to stay among the leaders in the Big Sky Conference when they host the Northern Colorado Bears on Thursday night. Weber State is currently 11-3 in Big Sky play with two games to play — both against the Bears. The second matchup is Saturday.

The Wildcats are tied with Eastern Washington at 11-3, with Southern Utah holding a 10-2 mark. Eastern Washington lost on Wednesday night and has one game remaining, while Southern Utah has a pair of games.

Jeremy Senglin of the Weber State Wildcats drives against Remy Abell of the Xavier Musketeers
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Northern Colorado has won two of three games but is coming off a loss to Portland State on Saturday. The Bears also played three games in February, all since Feb. 22, due to COVID-19 cancellations.

Coach Steve Smiley’s squad is 6-7 in conference play, with the opportunity to move up to as high as fifth in the standings. Northern Colorado has a 10-9 record overall.

When you do your online betting on this contest, Weber State is a 10-point favorite at home, with the over/under set at 146½.

Tough Road

The Bears have their work cut out to try to beat the college basketball odds and get one win over the Wildcats, as Weber State is 10-0 at home. Northern Colorado did win its first game in Ogden last year, edging the Wildcats 65-64.

Junior guard Bodie Hume leads the offensive attack for the Bears, averaging 14.6 points to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.2 steals per contest. Junior guard Daylen Kountz is second on the team with 13.7 points per contest, but he had a big two games against Portland State, averaging 21 points and connecting on six 3-pointers.

Matt Johnson II also had a solid two games against the Vikings, averaging 12.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. The junior guard is averaging 13.4 points and 2.8 assists and has hit a team-high 43 3-pointers.

The hottest player on the Bears could be junior forward Kur Jockuch, who has notched three straight double-doubles, including 10 points and 13 rebounds in a Saturday loss to Portland State. Jockuch leads the Bears with 7.3 rebounds per game to go with his 9.5 points per contest, as he’s hitting 58.9% of his shots from the field.

Hot Shooters

Weber State has been making college basketball news as one of the better shooting teams in the country, currently ranking third with its .512 field-goal percentage. The Wildcats have shot 50% or better in four of the last five games and are one of only nine teams in the nation shooting 50% or better from the field on the season.

Senior guard Isiah Brown leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big Sky in scoring with 18.0 points per game. He’s also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shooting 50.2% from the field and hitting a team-high 38 3-pointers.

Junior forward Zahir Porter contributes 12.8 points per game and has connected 35 times from beyond the arc, while sophomore guard Seikou Sisoho Jawara averages 12.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. Sisoho Jawara is shooting 51.1% from the floor and has 32 3-pointers.

The best shooter for the Wildcats has been Cody Carlson, who is averaging 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, connecting on 62.6% of his shots from the field.

Hard To Stop

Although Northern Colorado should be well-rested, it will be hard-pressed to slow down the efficient Weber State offense. The Wildcats rank second in the league with 81.9 points per game, while the Bears are third in the conference, holding opponents to 68.2 points per game.

This game could be closer than the 10-point spread may indicate, but we like the Wildcats to come out on top in the end. The Bears will keep it close for a while, but when making your college basketball picks, take the Wildcats and give the 10 points.

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