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Montana State vs. Idaho - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Idaho at Montana State
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Bozeman, MT
The Line
Montana State Bobcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 152
TV Channel
SWX-Montana; PLUTO
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The Idaho Vandals will travel to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to take on the Montana State Bobcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Idaho Vandals lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 4-18 (1-10 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 100-59, this past Thursday. Idaho was overmatched from the start against the Big-Sky leading Grizzlies and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 59-25 margin. Idaho allowed Montana to shoot 56.3% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 22-8 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Vandals was Trevon Allen who had 13 points and 2 rebounds.

On the season, Idaho is averaging 69.1 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Vandals are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho has been led by Trevon Allen (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Cameron Tyson (13.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Jared Rodriguez (9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and Scott Blakney (7.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg).

Defensively, Idaho is allowing their opponents to average 74.4 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Vandals have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -3.1.

The Montana State Bobcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-12 (7-5 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Eastern Washington Eagles, 74-66, this past Thursday. Montana State trailed by a 59-49 margin with just 8:50 left in regulation, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and was able to fight back for the victory after finishing the game on a 12-2 run. Montana State shot 45.5% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Harald Frey who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, & 5 steals.

On the season, Montana State is averaging 76.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (20.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Harald Frey (15.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Keljin Blevins (11.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Ladan Ricketts (9.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 80.2 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Vandals are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big Sky opponents. The Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Idaho has lost 14 of their last 15 games and currently rank just 275th in scoring offense, 250th in scoring defense, and 274th in rebound margin.

Montana State has won 3 of their last 4 games and although their defense ranks just 336th in scoring defense & 346th in defensive FG%, the Bobcats have had a decent offense this season as they rank 90th in scoring offense & 74th in three-pointers made per game.

Idaho is allowing their opponents to average 87.0 ppg over their last three games which is going to be trouble agianst a Montana State offense that has two great scorers in Tyler Hall & Harald Frey. This is a large number for Montana State to cover, however, as Idaho is just 1-7 in away games this season, I think the Bobcats will pull away in the 2nd half to win this one by 15+ and that they cover this large spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Montana State Bobcats -13.5

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