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Idaho vs. Montana - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana at Idaho
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome
Moscow, ID
The Line
Montana Grizzlies -11 -- Over/Under: 142.5
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The Montana Grizzlies and the Idaho Vandals meet in Big Sky conference college basketball action from the Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome on Saturday night.

The Montana Grizzlies will look to build on an 88-64 win over Northern Colorado in their last outing. Sayeed Pridgett led the Grizzlies with 29 points on an efficient 11 of 13 shooting, making all 4 of his 3-point attempts, while Ahmaad Rorie added 13 points, 5 rebounds and team-highs of 4 assists and 3 steals. Jamar Akoh chipped in 12 points and a team-high 8 rebounds while Michael Oguine added 11 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for Montana in the winning effort. Bobby Moorehead added 8 points to match his 8 rebounds as well in the victory. Rorie leads Montana with an average of 15.6 points and 3.4 assists per game while Oguine leads the Grizzlies in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana is averaging 75.8 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 36.6% from behind the 3-point line and 67.1% from the foul line this season.

The Idaho Vandals are in dire need of a win after back-to-back losses and defeats in 8 of their last 9 games following a 77-67 loss to Montana State in their last outing. Trevon Allen led the Vandals with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists while Rayquawndie Mitchell added 15 points on 4 of 8 from 3-point range and Cameron Tyson added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Idaho in the losing effort. Jared Rodriguez added 9 points and a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the loss for the Vandals. Allen leads Idaho with an average of 15.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while Rodriguez leads the Vandals on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Idaho is averaging 72.7 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the 3-point line and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

Montana is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Idaho is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Montana is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I’ll concede that there is a large talent gap between these two teams this season, and that Montana deserves to be a favorite on the road. However, these two teams have a history of playing each other close, with 6 of the last 7 meetings being decided by 9 points or less, including Idaho covers in each of the last 3 meetings home or away. The Vandals have also been in a lot of their recent losses, so I’ll take a shot with Idaho and the points to keep another game close at home in this one.

Pick:
Idaho +11

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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