Utah Utes vs. Montana State Bobcats - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana State Bobcats (5-2) at Utah Utes (4-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday in college basketball activity from Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, the Montana State Bobcats will face off against the Utah Runnin’ Utes.
Utah enters play here with a solid 4-1 record. The Utes won their first four games against NW Nazarene, Concordia, Coppin State and UC Riverside, but then dropped their most recent outing 68-59 against Butler on Monday.
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Leading the way in scoring for Utah is Kyle Kuzma, who is averaging a double-double through five games with 16.6 PPG and 10.0 RPG. Lorenzo Bonam (15.8 PPG; 3.2 RPG) and JoJo Zamora (9.6 PPG) are also playing pretty well for the Utes thus far.
Over on the Montana State side, they’ve been pretty good this year as well with a 5-2 record. The Bobcats dropped their first game against Washington State, but then rattled off wins over UI Lafayette, Rocky Mountain and James Madison. Montana State lost their next game to Rice, but in their most recent two appearances, they’ve put up wins over Delaware State and Arizona Christian.
Tyler Hall has been the breakout star this year for the Bobcats, and he's averaging 22.7 PPG with 6.0 RPG to lead the team. Zach Green and Harald Frey are also averaging in double-figures for Montana State, with Green sitting on 12.4 PPG with 6.6 RPG and Frey with 11.7 PPG and 4.7 APG.
Montana State is 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Montana State is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Meanwhile, Utah is 23-8-1 ATS in their last 32 Thursday games, and 37-14 ATS in their last 51 home games versus a team with a losing road record. Utah is also 42-20-2 ATS in their last 64 home games, and the over is 5-1 in the Utes’ last six Thursday games.
Both Utah and Montana State feature some noteworthy talent up top, namely Kuzma for the Utes and Hall for the Bobcats. The supporting cast is going to be what makes the difference here, and Montana State has some solid secondary scoring and rebounding. I’ll take the Bobcats to cover in this one, as the line looks pretty good.