Northern Colorado vs. Portland State 3/11/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 03/11/2022 at 9:13 AM ET

Northern Colorado vs. Portland State 3/11/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The Portland State Vikings will take on the Northern Colorado Bears Friday night for a semifinal matchup in the Big Sky Tournament. Portland State has gotten to the semifinals of the conference tournament currently riding a two game win streak following a 12 point win over Southern Utah on Thursday. Defensively Portland State shut down Southern Utah holding the Thunderbirds to 36.8% from the floor and 12% from beyond the arc, while forcing 13 turnovers leading to the victory.

Offensively Khalid Thomas led all scorers for Portland State with twenty points on 8 of 13 shooting in 34 minutes on the floor. Michael Carter III chipped in 13 points and Isaiah Burke added ten points as the third starter in double figures. Hayden Curtiss and Mikal Starks the way for Portland State off the bench scoring nine points apiece.

Northern Colorado Bears come into the conference semifinals after a one point win over Eastern Washington on Thursday. Northern Colorado beat EWU 68-67 after shooting 37.5% of the floor about 41.9% from beyond the arc leading to the victory.

Offensively this season Northern Colorado has four players averaging double figures as Daylen Kountz leads the team averaging 20.8 points per game on 50.3% shooting. Matt Johnson III is second on the team scoring 14.3 points per game to go along with a team leading 3.8 assists.

Northern Colorado is one of the better teams in this conference and will use their strengths Friday night against Portland State. NCU has a better offense that will carry them to a semifinal win and cover over Portland State. Final Score Prediction, Northern Colorado wins and covers 77-69.

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