Montana Grizzlies (9-9) vs. Eastern Washington Eagles (11-7)
January 16, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -4.5 / Montana Grizzlies +4.5 ; Over/Under: 147.5
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The Montana Grizzlies and the Eastern Washington Eagles meet Monday in college basketball action from Reese Court. Montana is 9-9 so far this year. The Grizzlies beat Idaho State on Saturday. As for Eastern Washington, they’re 11-7 overall following a win over Idaho. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Montana was 6-6 over their first 12 games, losing to Duquesne, Xavier, Troy, Air Force, Southern Miss and Gonzaga. The Grizzlies are 3-3 since then with wins over Idaho, Northern Colorado and Idaho State.
On Saturday versus Idaho State, the Grizzlies jumped out to a 42-28 halftime lead. Montana kept it rolling on a 42-27 second half and took the win 84-55. Brandon Whitney scored 18 points and Josh Bannan doubled on 10 points and 14 boards.
Over on the Eastern Washington side, they were 5-7 after 12 games with wins over MS Valley State, Stony Brook, ND State, California and UC Davis. The Eagles have since kept it going with a series of wins, most recently over Idaho on Saturday.
Matched up against Idaho in their last game, the Eagles took a 41-32 advantage into halftime. Eastern Washington posted another 54 points from there and won it 95-74. Angelo Allegri was the top scorer with 18 points.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Eastern Washington. The Eagles are coming off a nice well-rounded performance against Idaho on Saturday. Eastern Washington had five different players in double-figure scoring in that one and they’ve now won seven straight games. As for Montana, they’ve been a mixed bag all year depending on the matchup, but the good news is that they’ve hit 74 or more points in three of their last four games. I like this one to be a fairly high-scoring finish in an Eastern Washington cover.