Montana State Bobcats (2-1) at Washington State Cougars (5-0)
College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montana State Bobcats and the Washington State Cougars meet in college basketball action from Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum on Friday night.
The Montana State Bobcats will look to build off of a 114-74 win over subdivision Yellowstone Christian College last time out. Mike Hood led the Bobcats with 21 points along with 12 rebounds for the double-double while Jubrile Belo was right behind with 20 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting from the floor and a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line. Kellen Tynes added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes with 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals while Abdul Mohammed had 14 points with 11 rebounds for the double-double of his own. Nick Gazelas added 12 points with 3 steals ad Tyler Patterson chipped in 11 points with 3 threes and 6 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Bobcats in the victory. Xavier Bishop leads Montana State in scoring with 18.5 points per game while Amin Adamu has a team-high 4.5 assists per game and the aforementioned Belo has a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana State is averaging 91.7 points on 51.1% shooting from the field, 44.1% from behind the arc and 80.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.3 points on 38.4% from the field and 39.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Washington State Cougars will look to build on their 5-0 record after a 69-60 win over Portland State last time out. Noah Williams led the Cougars with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 5 rebounds while Isaac Bonton added 16 points with 3 assists. T.J. Bamba added 15 points in 18 minutes off of the bench and Andrej Jakimovski had 12 points with a team-high 7 rebounds to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Washington State in the victory. Efe Abogidi had 6 rebounds while Ryan Rapp added a team-high 5 assists. Isaac Bonton leads Washington State in scoring with 17.4 points and 3.2 assists per game while Abogidi leads the Cougars in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 63.2 points on 38% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the 3-point line and 67.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 58.6 points on 34.8% shooting from the field and 28.1% from 3-point range this season.
Montana State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Washington State is 1-3-1 ATS in their alt 5 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I think you could make a case for either side, that Washington State’s playing some outstanding defense and should be favored here, but why is the line this low for Montana State , I think that the Cougars win this game but a cover from either side wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. Washington State is 5-0 to the under this season while Montana State isn’t a team I think about often when I think about offense and putting points on the board. I think we could see a game here where the first to 60 or 65 points wins, so I’ll take the under in this one.