Montana State Bobcats (13-14) at Eastern Washington Eagles (13-13)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 17, 2018, 5:05 PM (EST)|
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -10 -- Over/Under:
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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Reese Court to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Montana State Bobcats lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-14 (6-8 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Idaho Vandals, 88-78, this past Thursday. Montana State held a 56-48 lead early in the 2nd half, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and allowed Idaho to pull away for victory after the Vandals took a 77-72 lead late in regulation. Montana State allowed Idaho to shoot 50.0% from the field and was outrebounded by the Vandals by a 42-27 margin. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Keljin Blevins who had 24 points, 4 rebound, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Montana State is averaging 75.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (18.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg), Harald Frey (13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg), Keljin Blevins (10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Joe Mvuezolo Jr. (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Eastern Washington Eagles improved to 13-13 (8-5 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Montana Grizzlies, 74-65, this past Thursday. Eastern Washington handed Montana their 1st loss in Big Sky play and were outstanding on the offensive end of court in the victory. Eastern Washington shot 56.3% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc while holding Montana to just 27.3% (6-22) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was Bogdan Bliznyuk who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Eastern Washington is averaging 74.5 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Washington has been led by Bogdan Bliznyuk (19.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.8 apg), Mason Peatling (6.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg), Ty Gibson (6.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Sir Washington (6.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Bobcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and just 18-43-1 ATS in their last 62 games following an ATS win. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Montana State has lost 8 of their last 10 games and have really struggled defensively this season as the Bobcats currently rank 290th in scoring defense, 308th in defensive FG%, and 332nd in blocks per game. Eastern Washington was able to hand Montana their first Big Sky loss of the season and have shown to be balanced team this season as the Eagles currently rank T-165th in scoring offense and T-167th in scoring defense. Eastern Washington has won the last two home matchups against Montana State by an average of 21.0 ppg and as the Eagles are 8-1 at home this season, I think Eastern Washington does enough to cover this large home spread.