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North Dakota vs. Montana - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montana Grizzlies (17-5) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (8-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks +8 -- Over/Under: 153.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: E Sports Network

The Montana Grizzlies will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Montana Grizzlies won their 10th straight game and improved to 17-5 (10-0 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Northern Colorado Bears, 88-79, this past Thursday. Montana was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half against the Bears and pulled away after taking a 65-51 lead with 11:28 left in regulation. Montana shot 55.2% from the field and 55.6% (5-9) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Fabijan Krslovic who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Montana is averaging 78.0 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Ahmaad Rorie (18.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Michael Oguine (15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Jamar Akoh (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Bobby Moorehead (8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Montana is holding their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

North Dakota vs. Montana - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 8-17 (3-7 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Montana State Bobcats, 75-74, this past Thursday. North Dakota used a 9-0 run to take a 73-65 lead with 2:08 left in regulation and held on for the victory late as Montana State’s game-winning attempt at the buzzer came up short. North Dakota has one of the better defensive performances of the season as they held Montana State to 38.6% shooting from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Geno Crandall who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 76.0 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Geno Crandall (15.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Marlon Stewart (12.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Dale Jones (11.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Cortez Seales (10.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 83.1 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -8.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Grizzlies are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Fighting Hawks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Montana continues to dominate the Big Sky Conference this season and has been great in all aspects of the game as the Grizzles rank 79th in scoring offense, 80th in scoring defense, 60th in rebound margin, and 19th in turnover margin. North Dakota has won their last 3 home games and although their defense can give up plenty of points, the Fighting Hawks have an offense that can generate some points and rank T-117th in scoring offense. Montana has been great ATS on the road and as the Grizzlies offense was able to put up 109 points in their 30-point victory at home earlier this season, I think Montana will be able to do enough on the road to cover this spread. Take Montana to cover. 

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