Montana Grizzlies vs. North Dakota State Bison - 12/7/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota State Bison (4-3) at Montana Grizzlies (2-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Dakota State Bison visit Dahlberg Arena to take the floor with the Montana Grizzlies.
After winning the Summit League and knocking off Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament the North Dakota State Bison lost enough talent to be picked on the outside looking in at the conference. After an 0-2 start the Bison ripped off four consecutive victories before suffering a 78-65 defeat at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday. This game was decided in the first 20 minutes with the Golden Eagles up by 18 and the reason it got that bad was 64% shooting by USM. The Bison were none too shabby at 46% from the field but still not competitive. Lawrence Alexander was the Bison's best offensive weapon with a game high 23 points with a 7-11 mark on threes. Carlin Dupree added 16 points and five yanks with Dexter Werner tossing in 13 points and snagging eight rebounds.
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The Montana Grizzlies have been one of the top squads in the Big Sky for several years but they aren't expected to be much more then a middle of the row team with most of their top players lost to graduation. The Grizzlies are 2-4 but with a bounce here or a bounce there they could easily be 4-2 with an overtime loss at Boise State and to Cal 78-76 in OT on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies did allow 50% shooting but made up for it by forcing the Golden Bears in to 22 turnovers. Montana connected at 42.6% and totaled ten more looks at the basket to stay close. The Montana offense was a two pronged attack with Martin Breunig and Jordan Gregory pumping in 23 points each with Gregory hauling in 12 rebounds and handing out five assists. Jermaine Edmonds Jr. added 12 points while four others combined for 18 points.
The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Sky and are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. North Dakota State are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Grizzlies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 while going 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games. Montana are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and Grizzlies are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. Both teams lost a lot and look more similar then different so I'll take the points...