Montana State Bobcats (20-5) vs. Eastern Washington Eagles (13-12)
February 17, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles +2 ; Over/Under: 144
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The Montana State Bobcats and the Eastern Washington Eagles meet Thursday in college basketball action from Reese Court. Montana State is 20-5 so far this year. The Bobcats beat Northern Arizona in their last game. As for Eastern Washington, they’re 13-12 on the season and coming off a win over Idaho State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Montana State went 9-5 over their first 14 games, and it’s been smooth sailing from there. The Bobcats are currently riding an 11-game win streak. They’ve beaten Idaho State, Portland State and Northern Arizona in the last trio.
Matched up against the Lumberjacks on Saturday, the Bobcats held a 39-33 lead by the break. Montana State had to hang on from there but still bagged the win 72-70. Xavier Bishop led the team with his 23 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Over on the Eastern Washington side, they managed to go 11-8 in their first 19 games before hitting a four-game losing streak in late January/early February. The Eagles have since bounced back to win games over Weber State and Idaho State.
In the Idaho State game on Saturday, the Eagles jumped out to a 38-29 lead at the break. Eastern Washington was outscored 37-43 from there but still won 75-72. Steele Venters was tops in scoring on 21 points with 8-of-8 from the line.
The Eagles are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five Thursday games. Eastern Washington is 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 after an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine after an ATS loss. The under is 5-2 in Montana State’s last seven overall.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Eastern Washington in this one. The Eagles had a sketchy run during that four-game losing streak, but the good news is that they’ve been scoring pretty well lately. Eastern Washington has hit 72 or more points in four straight games.
As for Montana State, they won at home 69-65 the last time these teams met up back on January 27. The Bobcats have been rolling along since then but they’ve also got a couple of close calls in the last pair. I think Eastern Washington just might be able to get in there.