UNC Wilmington Seahawks (3-3) vs. Montana Grizzlies (2-2)
November 25, 2021 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -6 ; Over/Under: 131.5
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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks and the Montana Grizzlies meet Thursday in college basketball action from Dahlberg Arena. UNC Wilmington is coming off a Wednesday matchup versus Southern Miss. In that one the Seahawks took a 14-point loss. As for Montana, they played UC San Diego in their last game. The Grizzlies ended up winning by 10 points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
UNC Wilmington posted a 3-2 record over their first five games. The losses came in the opener to Illinois State 68-63 and in game three against Pittsburgh 59-51. Otherwise the Seahawks beat Guilford, Coastal Carolina and Delaware State in that stretch.
In Wednesday’s matchup against Southern Miss, the Seahawks trailed 37-23 at halftime and couldn’t gain any ground from there in an 80-66 loss. Lead scorer Jaylen Sims put up 16 points with six rebounds and three assists.
Over on the Montana side, they began their season with a 72-27 blowout win over Dickinson State. losses to Mississippi State and North Dakota followed after that. Game four was a 68-47 win over Omaha that got Montana back to .500 on the year.
On Wednesday in the UC San Diego matchup, the Grizzlies had a mild 32-29 edge at the break but pulled away in the second for a 71-61 victory. Leading the way for Montana was Robby Beasley with 19 points and four rebounds.
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The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 at home. The over is 17-7 in Montana’s last 24 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks are 17-37-4 ATS in their last 58 road games and 5-19-3 ATS in their last 27 as a road underdog. The under is 5-2 in their last seven road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of more than .600.
PICK: I’m probably going to stick with Montana. The Grizzlies didn’t necessarily have a dominant all-around game on Wednesday despite shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Montana was out-rebounded 38-24 but the careful ball management (seven turnovers) helped secure the win anyway.
As for UNC Wilmington, they had a rough offensive outing on Wednesday. The Seahawks shot just 34.4 percent from the field with 10-of-40 (25 percent) from 3-point range. I don’t see UNCW bouncing back well enough to cover here.