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Montana vs. Montana State - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana State at Montana
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, MT
The Line
Montana Grizzlies -10.5 -- O/U: 154
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The Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies meet in Big Sky college basketball action from the Dahlberg Arena on Saturday night.

The Montana State Bobcats will look to rebound after having their 4-game winning streak snapped following a 94-82 loss to Weber State in their last outing. Tyler Hall and Harald Frey tied for the team-high with 25 points, with Hall shooting 9 of 21 with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Frey shot 8 of 14 with 5 threes. Keljin Blevins added 10 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Montana State with his double-double. Devin Kirby added 5 points with 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the loss. Hall leads the Bobcats in scoring with 19.8 points per game while Blevins leads Montana State in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game and Frey leads the Bobcats in assists with 5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Montana State is averaging 77.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

The Montana Grizzlies will look to build on their current 9-game winning streak after an 80-68 win over Idaho State last time out. Sayeed Pridgett led the Grizzlies with 22 points on 11 of 15 shooting with team-highs of 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Kendal Manuel added 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 6 threes. Ahmaad Rorie chipped in 15 points with 5 assists of his own while Mack Anderson added 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting and Michael Oguine added 11 points with 3 steals to finish off the scoring in double figures for Montana in the win. Bobby Moorehead added 7 rebounds of his own as well in the winning effort for the Grizzlies. Rorie leads Montana with an average of 15 points and 3.7 assists per game while Oguine leads the Grizzlies on the glass with 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana is averaging 77.3 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the floor, 37.8% from behind the 3-point line and 68.6% from the foul line this season.

Montana State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 11-1 in their last 12 Saturday games. Montana is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I can understand Montana being favored here not only as the hotter team but also having a 5-point road win over Montana State on the road just a couple of weeks ago doesn’t hurt either. A lot of these meetings haven’t been that close either, but with that said, this is still an in-state rivalry game and the first meeting like I said was only decided by 5 points. Montana hasn’t been the most dominant team at home while the Bobcats have proven to be a tough out on the road. I like the value of the points with Montana State in this one.

Pick:
Montana State +10.5

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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