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Montana State vs. North Dakota - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota Sioux (4-7) at Montana State Bobcats (3-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm (Worthington Arena)

The Line: Montana State Bobcats -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota Sioux and Montana State Bobcats meet New Years Day at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

The North Dakota Sioux have lost three of their last four games and are playing their eighth true road game. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 58.6 points on 39.5 percent shooting and is allowing 74 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Jaron Nash is averaging 12.2 points and 7.6 rebounds while Estan Tyler is averaging 11.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Quinton Hooker is dishing out 2.7 assists and Terrel de Rouen is shooting 42.7 percent from the field. The North Dakota Sioux don’t do much of anything right, as they’re shooting just 62.4 percent from the free throw line and 33 percent from deep. Defensively, North Dakota is forcing 12.4 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 33.6 percent from downtown. North Dakota’s biggest weakness are the 31.3 rebounds per game.

Montana State vs. North Dakota - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Montana State Bobcats have lost four straight games and play for the first time in nine days. On the season, Montana State is averaging 60.4 points on 37.9 percent shooting and is allowing 74.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Marcus Colbert is averaging 12.4 points and five assists while Michael Dison is averaging 11.3 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Danny Robison is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Terrell Brown is shooting 39.3 percent from the field. The Montana State Bobcats are also brutal at both ends of the court, as they’re shooting 76.5 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Montana State has scored 61 or less points in five of its last seven games. Defensively, Montana State is forcing 10 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 36 percent from downtown.

The Sioux are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bobcats are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS win and1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Sky. 

Capping this game is trying to decide which pile of poo smells the least. These teams are terrible. However, Montana State is at home, a place where all three of its wins this season have come. I'll take the Bobcats and the small chalk. 

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Montana State Bobcats -3

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