Idaho State at Montana - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Idaho State Bengals (8-22) at Montana Grizzlies (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Arena)

The Line: Montana Grizzlies -10 -- Over/Under: 141.5

The Idaho State Bengals are set to match up with the Montana Grizzlies.  The Bengals are (8-22), coming off a 64-62 win over Northern Arizona. The Grizzlies are (18-13), after falling in OT to Southern Utah, 85-80.

In the Bengals win over Northern Arizona, Idaho State was led in scoring by Austin Smellie.  Smellie recorded 16 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Idaho State converted on 43 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range.  The Bengals were out rebounded by Northern Arizona, 40 to 39. The Bengals out scored Northern Arizona from distance, 24 to 12. Idaho State played solid defense, holding the opposition to 36 percent from the floor.  The Bengals led 44 to 29 at the half.

Tarik Cool is averaging 12.8 points for the Bengals, while dishing out 3 assists per game.  Malik Porter is collecting 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Idaho State is averaging 69.6 points, while converting on 45.4 percent from the floor.

In the Grizzlies loss to Southern Utah, Montana was guided offensively by Sayeed Pridgett.  Pridgett recorded 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. Montana connected on 42 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range.  Montana took the loss, thanks to their inability to not foul. The Grizzlies had 30 fouls, which led to Southern Utah attempting 43 free throws.  The Grizzlies were out scored from the foul line, 32 to 19.   

The Grizzlies have been led this season by Pridgett.  Pridgett is recording 19.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.  Kendal Manuel is totaling 15.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies have an offense registering 71 points per game, while shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

Recent Betting Trends:

Idaho State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.

Idaho State is 2-14 SU in their last 16 games.

The over is 15-2 in Idaho State’s last 17 games.

Montana is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.

Montana is 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.

The over is 10-3 in Montana’s last 13 games.

The Grizzlies have absolutely dominated this series with Idaho State, having won the last 10 matchups by an average margin of 13 points.  Montana has the 19th best offensive field goal percentage, while Idaho State is the 349th worst team in field goal percent defense. The Bengals are allowing nearly 74 points per game.  The Grizzlies should be able to use good team work to find an open shot and a break down defensively on Idaho State’s part. I’ll side with the Grizzlies, as Idaho State has had trouble stopping most shots this season, as teams are shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor.  Final score prediction, Montana will win and cover against the spread, 78-65.     

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Chris’s Pick Montana Grizzlies -10.0.

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