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North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Montana State Bobcats - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montana State Bobcats (7-9) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (7-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to play the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in a Big Sky Conference game on Thursday.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are 7-8 (2-2) and are coming off of a win against Idaho State by a score of 84-76. North Dakota has lost 4 of their last 6 games, but is currently sitting at .500 in conference play. North Dakota’s two losses in conference play has come against Idaho and Weber State, two of the best three teams in the Big Sky. North Dakota is averaging 70.3 points per game while giving up 70.5 points per game. North Dakota is also averaging 37.9 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Quinton Hooker is averaging 19.1 points per game and 3.4 assists per game for North Dakota. Geno Crandall is averaging 9.8 points per game and 3.8 assists per game for the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota is shooting 63.6% on free throws, 31.3% on three-pointers, and 43.2% on all field goal attempts.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Montana State Bobcats - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Montana State Bobcats are 7-9 (2-2) and are coming off of a loss to Portland State by a score of 77-70. Montana State has won 2 of their last 3 games, after losing their previous 4 games. Montana State’s two conference wins have come against two of the lower teams in the conference. Montana State hasn’t played too many good teams, but does have a 22-point loss to Syracuse this season. Montana State is averaging 76.1 points per game while giving up 80.3 points per game. Montana State is also averaging 37.7 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game. Tyler Hall is averaging 17.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for Montana State. Marcus Colbert is averaging 16.8 points per game and 5.4 assists per game for the Bobcats. Montana State is shooting 66.2% on free throws, 38% on three-pointers, and 43.6% on all field goal attempts.

Montana State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. Montana State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The under is 6-1 in Montana State’s last 7 games. North Dakota is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games. North Dakota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The over is 4-0 in North Dakota’s last 4 home games. The road team is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Montana State has played very poor defense this season, while North Dakota has played much better defense. These teams are very similar in rebounding and shooting percentage, so I think the edge will come for North Dakota on their home court. 

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North Dakota Fighting Hawks -4.5

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