Montana State vs. Sacramento State - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento State Hornets (6-17) at Montana State Bobcats (12-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Worthington Arena)
The Line: Montana State Bobcats -4 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to take on the Montana State Bobcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Sacramento State Hornets lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-17 (3-7 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Idaho Vandals, 81-58, this past Saturday. Sacramento State had no answers on the defensive end against the Vandals and couldn’t fight back after a 16-4 Vandals run at the end of the 1st half gave Idaho a 40-20 halftime lead. Sacramento State allowed Idaho to shoot 54.4% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hornets was Justin Strings who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks, and 4 steals. On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 66.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Justin Strings (17.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jordan Tolbert (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Joshua (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 bog), and Bryce Fowler (5.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Sacramento State is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of -4.1 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
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The Montana State Bobcats lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 12-12 (5-6 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Colorado Bears, 86-63, this past Saturday. Montana State trailed by just a 38-34 margin at halftime however, struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Bears took a 71-52 lead with just 6:57 left in regulation. Montana State shot just 32.8% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, Montana State is averaging 75.0 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (18.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), Harald Frey (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Keljin Blevins (9.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Joe Mvuezolo Jr (7.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Hornets are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bobcats are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big Sky opponents.
Sacramento State has lost 4 of their last 5 games and have really struggled on the offensive end as the Hornets currently rank just 323rd in scoring offense and 175th in FG%. Montana State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and have struggled on both ends of the court as the Bobcats come into this game ranked 302nd in scoring offense and 312th in scoring defense. Sacramento State is just 1-8 on the road this season, however, they were able to beat Montana State at home by a 87-68 margin and as I haven’t been impressed by how the Bobcats have played as of late, I’m taking Sacramento State and the points.