Montana vs. Southern Utah - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Utah (15-15) at Montana (18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Montana -6 -- Over/Under: 134.5
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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds (15-15, CONF 8-11) and Montana Grizzlies (18-12, CONF 14-5) face off on Saturday in a Big Sky conference showdown at Dahlberg Arena. Montana beat Southern Utah 68-58 early in January.
Southern Utah have had some big struggles as of late and coming into this game they have lost six of the last seven. During that seven game stretch the Thunderbirds have also only covered two of the spreads.
Southern Utah is a good offensive team but their defense has let them down and on the road they are giving up 70.2 points per game.
Southern Utah is led by Cameron Oluyitan and John Knight III who are both averaging over 12 points per game.
Montana has been playing better over the last ten games, but they come into this game having lost two of the last three games. In each of the two losses Montana was the favorite, and in the loss they were the underdog.
At home this season MOntana is 12-2 and the defense has been strong giving up only 63.8 points per game.
Montana is led by guard Sayeed Pridgett who is averaging 19.5 points while shooting 50.8 percent from the field. In each of the last two games Pridgett has scored at least 24 points and they need him to step up in this game.
Southern Utah is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. The over is 20-8 in the Thunderbirds last 28 games played on Saturday. Montana is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games overall. The over is 12-4 in Montana’s last 16 games overall. Southern Utah is 0-8 against the spread in their last eight meetings against Montana. The favorite is 7-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings between Montana and Southern Utah.
This has been a series dominated by the favorite and it’s going to happen again in this game. Look for Montana’s defense to slow down Southern Utah’s offense and that will be enough for a win and cover of the spread.