Montana State at Idaho: 2/26/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Montana State at Idaho: 2/26/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Idaho Vandals (0-19) vs Montana State Bobcats (9-7)

Game Info: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome)

Betting Odds: Idaho Vandals +11 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Cowan Spectrum to take on the Idaho Vandals this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Montana State Bobcats lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-7 on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Washington Eagles, 85-69, on February 13th. Montana State had no answers defensively for Eastern Washington in the 2nd half and could not fight back after the Eagles took a 64-40 lead with 11:18 left in regulation. Montana State shot 46.0% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while Eastern Washington shot 51.7% from the field and 48.1% from beyond the arc. Montana State was outrebounded by Eastern Washington by a 34-28 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 14-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Xavier Bishop who had 10 points, 3 rebounds, & 3 assists.

On the season, Montana State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Xavier Bishop (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), Amin Adamu (14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Jubrile Belo (11.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 bpg), & Abdul Mohamed (6.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 apg).

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Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Idaho Vandals are still searching for their first win of the season as the Vandals fell to 0-19 on the year after being defeated by the Portland State Vikings, 71-40, this past Saturday. Idaho trailed by just a 28-24 margin at halftime, however, the Vandals had no answers on either side of the floor in the 2nd half and could not fight back after the Vikings took a 49-28 lead with 10:24 left in regulation. Idaho was outrebounded by Portland State by a 4-27 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 20-11 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Vandals was Damen Thacker who had 13 points & 4 rebounds in 21 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Idaho is averaging 60.2 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Vandals are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho has been led by Scott Blakney (10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Damen Thacker (10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Gabe Quinnett (9.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Ja’Vary Christmas (5.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg).

Defensively, Idaho is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Vandals have a rebound margin of -4.9 and a turnover margin -4.9.

The Bobcats are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 Friday games and 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. the Vandals are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a ATS loss and just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall.

Montana State has not picked up a win since late January, however, this is a team that has been impressive at times this season and certainly has an offense that can do some damage as it ranks 82nd in scoring offense. It has been a lost season for Idaho this year as this is arguably the worst team in all of College Basketball as the Vandals come into this game ranked just 335th in scoring offense & 311th in scoring defense. Idaho just lost by a combined 51 points in their 2-game series against Portland State and between the fact that the Bobcats swept their 2-game series against the Vikings earlier this season and that I think their offense puts up plenty of points in this one, I am taking Montana State to cover this large road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Montana State Bobcats -11

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