Montana vs. Idaho State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Idaho State Bengals (14-14) at Montana Grizzlies (22-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -14 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Idaho State Bengals will travel to Dahlberg Arena to take on the Montana Grizzlies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Idaho State Bengals improved to 14-14 (9-8 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Montana State Bobcats, 101-78, this past Thursday. Idaho State led by just a 41-38 margin at halftime however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 78-55 lead with 10:53 left in regulation. Idaho State shot 54.0% from the field and 53.1% (17-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bengals was Jared Stutzman who had 33 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 40.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Jared Stutzman (15.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), Brandon Boyd (14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Novak Topalovic (10.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 bpg), and Geno Luzcando (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 spg). Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
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The Montana Grizzlies won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 22-7 (15-2 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Weber State Wildcats, 75-57, this past Thursday. Montana was outstanding on the offensive end and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 63-43 lead with 7:29 left in regulation. Montana shot 53.4% from the field and outrebounded Idaho State by a 42-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Ahmaad Rorie who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. On the season, Montana is averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 5.6 three-pointers game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Ahmaad Rorie (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Michael Oguine (15.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Jamar Akoh (13.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Bobby Moorehead (7.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Montana is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Bengals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Grizzlies are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 17-4-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
Idaho State has won 4 of their last 6 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 172nd in scoring offense, 42nd in FG%, and 16th in 3P-FG%. Montana has gotten back on track after losing back to back games on the road, with two blowouts at home against Montana State and Weber State, and currently rank 80th in scoring offense and 72nd in scoring defense. Montana has been outstanding at home this season, posting a perfect 13-0 record, and as I just don’t see the Bengals defense being able to slow down the Montana offense in this one, I’m taking Montana to cover this large spread.