Portland State Vikings (14-10) at Montana State Bobcats (13-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montana State Bobcats -2 -- Over/Under:
The Portland State Vikings will travel to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to take on the Montana State Bobcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Portland State Vikings dropped to 14-10 (4-7 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 80-60, this past Thursday. Portland State struggled offensively against the Montana defense and couldn’t fight back after a 16-5 Grizzles run to start the 2nd half gave Montana a 50-34 lead with 14:20 left in regulation. Portland State shot just 31.3% from the field and 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was Derek Brown who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in 22 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Portland State is averaging 87.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Deontae North (21.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Bryce Canda (14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg), Holland Woods (10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Michael Mayhew (9.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 7.0. Deontae North is currently questionable for this matchup up due to a suspension that has kept him out of the Vikings last 4 contests.
The Montana State Bobcats improved to 13-12 (6-6 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Sacramento State Hornets, 92-76, this past Thursday. Montana State went into halftime with a 45-29 lead and although Sacramento State did make a run in the 2nd half, the Bobcats were able to pull away after a 12-0 run gave Montana State a 78-62 lead with 6:28 left in regulation. Montana State shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded Sacramento State by a 38-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Montana State is averaging 75.7 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (18.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), Harald Frey (13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg), Keljin Blevins (9.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Devonte Klines (6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Vikings are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bobcats are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Portland State has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although the Vikings rank 4th in scoring offense and 1st in turnover margin, the Vikings have really struggled defensively as they come into this matchup ranked 321st in scoring defense and 324th in defensive FG%. Montana State has won 2 of their last 4 games however, the Bobcats haven’t been great on either end of the ball this season as they currently rank just 293rd in FG%, 279th in scoring defense, and 305th in defensive FG%. Portland State has an outstanding start to their season, however, this is a team that has struggled as of late and as it doesn’t look like they’ve have their best player in Deontae North, I’m taking Montana State to cover this small home spread.