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Montana State Bobcats vs. Portland State Vikings - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State Vikings (5-8) at Montana State Bobcats (7-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Worthington Arena)

The Line: Montana State Bobcats -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Portland State Vikings shoot for their second Big Sky win when they travel to the Montana State Bobcats.

The Portland State Vikings score around 77 points and allow 76 points so an offensive breakdown is not a good things with opponents doing plenty of scoring. That scenario played out in a 79-66 loss at Montana as an 8.5 point underdog on Thursday night. The Grizzlies were up by eight after 20 minutes and extended the lead in the second half. Portland State hit shots at less then 39% while the Grizzlies connected at 57% which added up to eight more makes from the field.  The Vikings received 20 points and six pulls from Isaiah Pineiro with Calaen Robinson tossing in 16 points. Bryce White contributed ten points while Cameron Forte added eight points six boards.

Montana State Bobcats vs. Portland State Vikings - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


If the Montana State Bobcats develop a viable defense they could be a dangerous squad as they have been outscored 81-77. The much maligned defense has held their own with back to back victories after a71-64 win versus Sacramento State as a three point home dog. The Bobcats limited the Hornets to 41.7% from the field while connecting at over 44% which was enough to get the win. Marcus Colber led all scorers with 21 points and five helpers on 7-14 with Sarp Gobeloglu adding 20 points and six pulls. Tyler Hall  chipped in with eleven points and six boards with eight players scoring overall.

Portland State are 5-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and Montana State are 16-37-1 ATS in their last 54 Saturday games. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. This is a flip the coin type of contest as I don’t see advantages for either side…

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