Southern Utah

Northern Colorado

PICKS


SUU +6.5 Point Spread
-110



Under 135.5 Game Totals
-110

Against The Spread Pick

The second quarterfinal game of the Big Sky tournament will see the 7th seeded Southern Utah Thunderbirds take on the 2nd seeded Northern Colorado Bears. the Thunderbirds took down Idaho in their first round game, beating them 75-69 but did not cover. Southern Utah have the slight advantage of already having played in a tournament setting since the Bears earned a first round bye. Now the two regular season meetings saw two pretty close games that ended up both going the Bears way. Northern Colorado won 68-60 on the road and then just 68-66 at home. Now even though the Thunderbirds have not been the best ATS this season, I do believe that they will come out more relaxed and will take this team to the wire. For that reason, I would lean to Southern Utah to cover.

Over Under Pick

Southern Utah played to a relatively high scoring game in the first round, which saw the total go over by about 5 points or so. They now will face a likely better defensive team in the Bears, who allow about 64 points per game. Both meetings this season stayed under the total, and the total has gone under in four of the last five meetings. With two teams that lack scoring, I would have to lean to the under here. It is not a game I will be betting, but these teams are very familiar with each other, so I look for defense to be the focus.