NCAA Basketball Picks - Northern Colorado Bears vs Arizona Wildcats

Arizona Wildcats coach talking to players

Joe Catalano

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:30 PM GMT

Arizona Wildcats have been lucky so far in the season, they've had a relatively easy first segment of the schedule and tonight won't be the exception when they face Northern Colorado. Expert capper is ready to give his inside for a valuable NCAA basketball pick.

 

 

  Northern Colorado Bears vs. #10 Arizona Wildcats

 

Cupcake City

Like a lot of highly ranked schools in college basketball, the Arizona Wildcats have the luxury of having a very easy first segment of the schedule. Tonight, they have another easy opponent in Northern Colorado in which they're a significant betting favorite according to A+ rated sportsbook 5Dimes. That said, the Wildcats will be playing 3 games in 5 nights. If the Wildcats get off to a significant early lead, we may see some players rest and this may affect the outcome of the game with some early extended "garbage time". This is the one concern that we have as most bettors will be backing Arizona and for good reason.

I did mention a cupcake schedule during the early part of the season. Their first game was against a powerhouse in the nationally ranked Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans always start the season off against top-level competition. As it stands now, they're 2-2. We can consider the Wildcats battle-tested despite Michigan State's lack of early success during this season.

 

Super Freshman

Finland native and freshman ,Lauri Markkanen,has been everything that head coach, Sean Miller, could ask for and more. Markkanen presents the opposing defense with major difficulties as he has the size (7 foot tall) and touch away from the basket. Markkanen is 5 for 11 from 3-point range to go along with averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Markkanen is Arizona's version of a young Dirk Nowitzki and Northern Colorado doesn't have a chance in stopping him. Look for Markkanen to have a huge game if he's provided with the playing time.

The Wildcats also have another talented freshman in Kobi Simmons. He's the 2nd leading scorer on the team at 15 points per game and he's an above average defender. Outstanding recruiting is paying early dividends for the Wildcats and the Bears will find this out tonight.

 

Jordan Davis

Northern Colorado's one ace in the hole is sophomore, Jordan Davis. Davis nearly missed getting a triple-double in his last game against Santa Clara and is averaging 23.7 point, 6 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. My one concern where Davis is concerned is his tendency in turning the basketball over. Arizona should have little trouble with Northern Colorado as Davis is all that the Bears possess where talent is concerned. Lay the points with Arizona for you NCAA basketball picks.

 Free NCAAF Pick: Arizona Wildcats -31.5 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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