Montana Grizzlies (3-0) at Miami (OH) RedHawks
College Basketball: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Kendall G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)
The Line:Miami (OH) RedHawks +8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montana Grizzlies and Miami (OH) RedHawks will face off this Saturday night in the semifinals of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The Montana Grizzlies improved to 3-0 on the season after easily defeating the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 93-66, in the 1st round of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Friday. Montana led by a 42-36 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half a 15-0 run gave the Grizzlies a 72-46 lead with 9:20 left in regulation. Montana shot 62.3% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Cardinals by a 33-19 margin and committed just 10 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Michael Oguine who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
Coming into their game against Incarnate Word, Montana was averaging 80.0 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies were averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 27.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Jamar Akoh (22.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Ahmaad Rorie (17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Kendal Manuel (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Michael Oguine (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Montana was allowing 64.5 ppg on 38.2% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies had a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Miami (OH) RedHawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the North Dakota State Bison, 89-78, in the 1st round of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Friday. Miami (OH) went into halftime trailing by a 42-40 margin, however, had no trouble securing the victory after a 22-6 run early in the 2nd half gave Miami (OH) a 66-54 lead. The RedHawks were outstanding on the offensive end as they shot 58.2% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Miami (OH) outrebounded North Dakota State by a 33-24 margin however, did only force 8 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the RedHawks was Dalonte Brown who had 25 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
Coming into their game against the Bison, Miami (OH) was averaging 79.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Redhawks were averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Dalonte Brown (17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 spg), Mekhi Lairy (8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 spg), and Darrian Ringo (6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.0 spg). Defensively, Miami (OH) was allowing 66.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The RedHawks had a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 6.0.
The Grizzlies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 15-7-1 ATS in thier last 23 games following a straight up win. The RedHawks are 5-1 ATS in thier last 6 games following a straight up win however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.
Montana is one of the stronger mid-major teams in the country as this was a team that returns the majority of it’s players from a 26-win team that made the NCAA Tournament that ranked in the top-100 in both scoring offense & scoring defense last season. Miami (OH) picked up a nice win over North Dakota State and has a great duo in Nike Sibande & Dalonte Brown, however, I do have concerns that about their depth and ability to put points up on the scoreboard agianst solid defensive teams. The line has yet to be released for this game however, as long as the line isn’t too high, I’m initially leaning on taking Montana in this one.
Update (2:57 PM) - This line is a bit higher than I expected but as it's not in double-digits, I think Montana will cover this spread here.