Utah State vs. Montana State - 11/13/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana State Bobcats (1-0) at Utah State Aggies (0-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Mountain West Network
The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to take on the Utah State Aggies this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Montana State Bobcats came into the 2017-18 season with high expectations and didn’t disappoint in their season opener after defeating the Omaha Mavericks, 89-80 in OT, this past Friday. Montana State allowed Omaha to fight back in force OT after leading 32-25 at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the overtime period and pulled away after staring the OT period on a 15-4 run. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Harald Frey who had 29 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Also contributing for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall (19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal) and Keljin Blevins (17 points, 8 rebounds 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block). Montana State finished last season with a 16-16 overall record (11-7 Big Sky) however, are poised to compete for the Big Sky Championship this season after returning their entire starting five, including pre-season Big Sky Player of the Year candidate Tyler Hall who finished last season averaging 23.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 2.8 apg. Also returning for the Bobcats is Harald Frey (12.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg), Zach Green (9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Devonte Klines (7.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg). Montana State also has to be thrilled form the performances of newcomers, Konner Frey and Keljin Blevins, as both played a major role in the Bobcats season opening victory.
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The Utah State Aggies will be looking to pick up their first win of the season after they opened their 2016-17 campaign with a disappointing 65-59 loss to the Weber State Wildcats. Utah State struggled offensively throughout the game and although they did fight back after trailing by double-digits in the 2nd half, couldn’t never take away the lead from Webster State. Leading the way for Utah State was Alex Dargenton who had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Also contributing for the Aggies was DeAngelo Isby (11 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Koby McEwen (9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist). Utah State finished last season with a disappointing 14-16 record (7-11 Mountain West) and although the Aggies do bring back a come amount of experience, they will surly miss Jalen Moore who after 17.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg last season. The Aggies will depend heavily on Koby McEwen (14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Alex Dargenton (4.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Sam Merrill (9.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg). Utah State will hope that newcomers Dwayne Brown and DeAngelo Isby can immediate produce in their Aggies starting five and hope that Brock Miller, who enters his freshman year, can provide big minutes from off the bench.
The Bobcats finished last season with a 12-16-1 ATS record and had an 8-5-1 ATS record as an away team. The Aggies finished last season with a 11-15-1 ATS record and are 7-4-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Utah State has been disappointing over the past few season and it’s hard to expect much more from the Aggies this season after losing their player in Jalen Moore. Montana State comes into this season with a ton of expectations, as they have a ton of talent and experience, and as I think Montana State will be the team to beat in the Big Sky, I’m taking the Bobcats and the points in this one.