Montana State vs Montana Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/13/24

Montana (23-10) vs Montana State (16-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11:30 pm (Idaho Central Arena)

Betting Odds: Montana -7 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies meet Wednesday in the college basketball Big Sky Tournament championship at the Idaho Central Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Montana State vs. Montana prediction.

Montana State Team Preview

The Montana State Bobcats come into the title game after taking down Sacramento State 74-71 in the semis. Robert Ford III leads the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding with 15.7 PPG and 7.6 RPG along with 3 APG and 2.9 SPG while Brian Goracke has 13.8 PPG and 4.4 RPG. Brandon Walker has 13 PPG with 3.9 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Montana State so far this season. Eddie Turner III has a team-high 3.7 APG as well to lead the Bobcats in assists up to this point in the year. As a team, Montana State is averaging 74.8 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the floor, 37% from three-point range and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

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Montana Team Preview

The Montana Grizzlies reached the championship game after picking up a 72-58 win over Idaho State last time out. Aanen Moody leads the Grizzlies in scoring with 16.6 PPG along with 3.2 RPG while Dischon Thomas has 12.2 PPG with 5.6 RPG. Brandon Whitney has 10.3 PPG with a team-high 4.4 APG to lead the Grizzlies in the assist department and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Montana up to this point in the year. Laolu Oke also has a team-high 7.3 RPG to lead the Grizzlies on the glass. As a team, Montana is averaging 77.3 PPG on 48.3% shooting from the field, 35.8% from three and 80% from the foul line this season.

Montana State vs. Montana Prediction

I’m on Montana here. I get that this is a rivalry and it has the added spice of the conference title hanging in the balance and the NCAA tournament spot that goes along with it. However, the Grizzlies were clearly the better team in the two meetings in the regular season and they do the little things really well that matter in what could end up being a tight game for the better part of this matchup like hitting their free throws. I think Montana gets it done, completes the trifecta with a win and cover and goes dancing here. Give me Montana.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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