Portland State vs. Montana - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana Grizzlies (12-5) at Portland State Vikings (12-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Pamplin Sports Center)
The Line: Portland State Vikings -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Sky conference college basketball action on Saturday afternoon as the Montana Grizzlies take on the Portland State Vikings.
The Montana Grizzlies come into this one looking to remain undefeated in conference play after improving to 5-0 in Big Sky play with a 78-66 win over Sacramento State in their last outing. Ahmaad Rorie led the team with 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals. Michael Oguine came 2nd with 16 points and a team-high 4 steals, while Bobby Moorehead rounded out the trio of double digit scorers for the Grizzlies in the win. Jamar Akoh and Fabian Krslovic led the team with 8 rebounds apiece with Akoh leading with 9 points and 3 steals. Rorie leads the team with an average of 18.8 points and 3.7 assists per game while Akoh leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana is scoring 77.4 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.
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The Portland State Vikings will look to build some steam after taking down Idaho in their last outing by a final score of 73-72. Deontae North led the team with 30 points on 11 of 15 shooting with 6 threes, while Brandon Hollins added 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds and Holland Woods chipped in 10 points with 4 assists to finish off the double digit scoring for the Vikings in the win. Deante Strickland led the team with 6 assists as well in the winning effort for Portland State. North leads the team in scoring with 20.9 points per game, while Woods leads the team in assists with 5.7 assists per game and Bryce Canda leads the team on the glass with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland State is scoring the 4th-most points per game in the country with 89.9 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.
Montana is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 conference matchups. Portland State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 34-15-2 in their last 51 games overall. The underdog is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
This game has the potential to be the game of the day between two solid teams that will probably be in the Big Sky championship game if I had to guess. With that said, as good as the Vikings have been ATS this season, Montana just comes in in much better form and have actually been the more consistent of the two lately, so I’ll take a shot with the free bucket and the Grizzlies in a game that’s probably just better to watch instead of bet.