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Montana vs. Northern Colorado - 2/25/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Colorado at Montana
Date & Time Monday February 25, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, MT
The Line
Montana Grizzlies -7.5 -- O/U: 142
TV Channel
Pluto
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NCAA BB | Northern Colorado at Montana
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The Northern Colorado Bears and the Montana Grizzlies meet in Big Sky college basketball action from the Dahlberg Arena on Monday night.

The Northern Colorado Bears come into this game looking to rebound after an 88-78 overtime loss to Eastern Washington in their last outing. Jordan Davis led the Bears with 20 points along with a team-high 7 assists while Jonah Radebaugh, Jalen Sanders and Trent Harris each had 11 points. Radebaugh added a team-high 8 rebounds while Sanders had 3 steals and a pair of blocks and Harris shot 4 of 6 with 3 threes and a pair of steals. Kai Edwards and Matej Drgon each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Northern Colorado in the losing effort. Davis leads Northern Colorado with an average of 23.4 points and 4.9 assists per game while Edwards leads the Bears in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Northern Colorado is averaging 77.2 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Montana Grizzlies will look to stay hot after pushing their winning streak to double-digits, making it 10 victories in a row after an 89-83 win over Montana State in their last outing. Sayeed Pridgett led the Grizzlies with 20 points on 10 of 16 shooting while Kendal Manuel came right behind with 19 points in 18 minutes with 5 threes and Ahmaad Rorie followed with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Donaven Dorsey had 16 points with 4 threes of his own while Michael Oguine chipped in 11 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Montana in the win. Bobby Moorehead added 6 rebounds and 7 assists of his own in the winning effort for the Grizzlies as well. Rorie leads Montana with an average of 15.2 points and 3.8 assists per game while Oguine leads the Grizzlies in rebounding with 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana is averaging 77.8 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 68.7% from the foul line this season.

Northern Colorado is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Montana is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This should be a great game between the top two teams in the Big Sky right now, but with that said, I thought the line would be a bit larger. Montana has been on fire during their 10-game winning streak, scoring at least 80 points on seven different occasions, including an 88-64 win over Northern Colorado on the road this season. The Bears have been a tough out on the road, and Montana hasn’t been overly solid at home, but that loss to Eastern Washington dealt a blow to my confidence in Northern Colorado heading into this game. I’ll take a shot and I’ll lay the points with Montana here.

Pick:
Montana -7.5

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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