Idaho State vs. Montana - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montana Grizzlies (10-8) at Idaho State Bengals (6-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)
The Line: Idaho State Bengals +6 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Montana Grizzlies and the Idaho State Bengals meet in Big Sky conference college basketball action from the Reed Gym on Thursday night.
The Montana Grizzlies will look to extend their current three-game winning streak after a 67-63 win over Idaho in their last outing. Jared Samuelson led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 5 threes while Sayeed Pridgett added 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 6 rebounds. Kendal Manuel added 12 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scores for Montana in the win while Josh Vazquez added 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well for the Griz in the win. Pridgett leads Montana with an average of 18.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Montana is averaging 67.3 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.
The Idaho State Bengals will look to pick up a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games following an 82-76 loss to Portland State last time out. Chier Maker led the Bengals with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 4 threes while Jared Stutzman added 16 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor with 4 threes, 5 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Tarik Cool added 14 points while Malik Porter added 10 points with 13 rebounds for the double-double to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Idaho State in the losing effort. Cool leads Idaho State in scoring and assists with an average of 13.9 points and 3.7 assists per game while Maker leads the Bengals in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Idaho State is averaging 68.3 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 61.3% from the foul line this season.
Montana is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a win while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win. Idaho State is 3-13-2 ATS in their last 18 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
A home dog is usually tempting, but let’s be honest here, the Grizzlies are not only the better team here, but right now, Montana is the team to beat in the Big Sky. Idaho State should put up a fight at home, but ultimately, the Bengals are just struggling too much right now to give the points much value. I’ll lay the points with Montana in this one.