Montana vs. Idaho State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Idaho State Bengals (8-22) at Montana Grizzlies (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Arena)
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -10 -- Over/Under: 140.5
The Idaho State Bengals and Montana Grizzlies meet Thursday in the college basketball Big Sky Tournament at the CenturyLink Arena.
The Idaho State Bengals look for another win after beating Northern Arizona on Wednesday. The Idaho State Bengals are averaging 70 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Tarik Cool is averaging 12.8 points and three assists while Malik Porter is averaging 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Jared Stutzman is the third double-digit scorer and Chier Maker is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Idaho State Bengals are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho State Bengals are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game. The Idaho State Bengals have lost six of their last eight non-home games.
The Montana Grizzlies enter this tournament losing three of their last four games. The Montana Grizzlies are averaging 70.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Sayeed Pridgett is averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kendal Manuel is averaging 15.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. Jared Samuelson is grabbing 2.9 rebounds and Derrick Carter-Hollinger is dishing 1.1 assists. The Montana Grizzlies are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Montana Grizzlies are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.8 rebounds per game. The Montana Grizzlies have won three of their last four non-home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The Montana Grizzlies are clearly the better and more consistent team, but they limped into tournament play with losses in three of their last four tries, and they're just 14-15 against the spread on the season and 6-10 against the spread in non-home games. The Idaho State Bengals are 10-6 against the spread in non-home games and 5-3 against the spread as a double-digit underdog. The Montana Grizzlies should be able to get back on track and win this game, but this feels like too many points to turn down. I'll side with Idaho State.