Montana vs. Montana State - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montana State Bobcats (11-9) at Montana Grizzlies (11-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -6.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Dahlberg Arena to take on the Montana Grizzlies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Montana State Bobcats find themselves on a two game winning streak, improving to 11-9 (5-4 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho State Bengals, 75-64, this past Saturday. Montana State was tied with the Bengals 34-34 at the half. The game was tight until 6:31 left in the second half at which point the Bobcats went an offensive surge that saw them grab a 70-56 lead with just 1:34 remaining in regulation. Montana State shot 49.1% from the field which happed the Bobcats secure the win despite a horrendous 9.1% shooting performance from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Devin Kirby who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with an assist and a steal.
On the season, Montana State is averaging 67.6 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are also averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Harald Frey (17.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), Jubrile Belo (12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg) and Amin Adamu (11.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Montana State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 40.3 shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -2.9.
The Montana Grizzlies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-10 (7-3 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Portland State Vikings, 88-81, this past Thursday. Montana had no answers on the defensive end for Holland Woods and the Portland State offense and couldn’t trailed throughout the 2nd half after going into halftime behind by a 49-30 margin. Montana allowed Portland State to shoot 47.5% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Kendal Manuel who had 19 poitns, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Montana is averaging 69.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Sayeed Pridgett (18.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Kendal Manuel (15.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Timmy Falls (6.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Montana is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Bobcats are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games following three or more consecutive road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Montana State has been led by their defense this season which comes into this game rank 95th in scoring defense & 66th in defensive FG%.
Montana comes into this game ranked 235th in scoring offense, 88th in FG%, and 194th in scoring defense.
Montana is a tough place to play however, the Grizzlies aren’t as strong as we’ve seen in the last two years and you have to like the Bobcats coming off back-to-back road victories, including a 62-61 victory over at Weber State. Montana State has covered in their last two match-ups against the Grizzlies and as they have one of the best players in the Big Sky agianst Harald Frey, I think Montana State does enough in this one to cover with the points. Good Luck!