Montana State vs. North Dakota - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-10) at Montana State Bobcats (10-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Worthington Arena)
The Line: Montana State Bobcats -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Sky conference action on the college basketball slate Saturday afternoon, as the North Dakota Fighting Hawks take on the Montana State Bobcats.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will look for their first conference win of the year to snap a 7 game losing streak, including a 109-79 loss to Montana in their last outing. Tray Buchanan led the team with 3 triples as part of his 16 points outing, while Marlon Stewart added 15 points and Dale Jones chipped in 11 points with a team-high 7 rebounds. Cortez Seales added 7 points with 3 blocks, while Geno Crandall added 9 points. Crandall leads the team with an average of 16.1 points and 3.1 assists per game, while Jones leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game this season. As a team, North Dakota is scoring 74.3 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 27.5% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Montana State Bobcats will look to remain unbeaten in conference play, including a 76-64 win over Northern Colorado to improve to 3-0 in conference play this season. Tyler Hall led the team with 28 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 7 triples and a team-high 8 rebounds. Harald Frey came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 3 assists, while Kelvin Blevins added 11 points and 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for the Bobcats in the win. Sam Neumann added 6 points and 8 rebounds of his own, while Joe Mvuezolo Jr added a pair of blocks and Lassi Nikkarinen added a team-high 3 steals in the winning effort for Montana State. Hall leads the team in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game, while Blevins leads the team in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game and Frey leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game this season. As a team, Montana State is scoring 77.9 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the 3-point line and 72.1% from the foul line this season.
North Dakota is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 13-6 in their last 19 games following a loss. Montana State is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 conference matchups and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 home games. North Dakota is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Montana State.
North Dakota has had the bulk of the success in this matchup ATS, but I think this is Montana State’s game to lose as they come in in much better form than the Fighting Hawks who haven’t lived up to their namesake as they haven’t put up much of a fight at all as of late. I’ll lay the points with the Bobcats as more of a fade from North Dakota here.