Sacramento State Hornets (6-18) at Montana Grizzlies (19-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montana Grizzlies -18.5 -- Over/Under: 137
The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to Dahlberg Arena to take on the Montana Grizzlies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Sacramento State Hornets lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 6-18 (3-8 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana State Grizzles, 92-76, this past Thursday. Sacramento State had no answers on the offensive end for Montana State and couldn’t fight back after the Bobcats went into halftime with a 45-29 lead. Sacramento State allowed Montana State to shoot 50.9% form the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hornets was Justin Strings who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 66.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Justin Strings (17.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jordan Tolbert (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Joshua Patton (10.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Jeff Wu (5.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Sacramento State is averaging 66.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Montana Grizzlies won their 12th straight game and improved to 19-5 (12-0 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Portland State Vikings, 80-60, this past Thursday. Montana led by a 34-29 margin at halftime and pulled away early in the 2nd half after taking a 50-34 lead with 13:39 left in regulation. Montana held Portland State to 31.3% shooting from the field and 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Jamar Akoh who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, Montana is averaging 77.8 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Ahmaad Rorie (17.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Michael Oguine (15.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Jamar Akoh (14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Bobby Moorehead (8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Montana is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 4.3and a turnover margin of 3.6.
The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Grizzlies are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. Big Sky opponents.
Sacramento State has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has really struggled on the offensive end this season as the Hornets come into this matchup ranked T-317th in scoring offense, 175th in FG%, and 268th in three-pointers made per game. Montana has been the best team in the Big Sky this season and has been outstanding on both ends of the court as they rank 81st in scoring offense and T-70th in scoring defense. Montana is a perfect 10-0 at home this season and between the fact that Montana should have no problems shutting down the Hornets offense and that they’ve defeated their lost 3 opponents at home by a margin of 20.6 points, I’m taking Montana to cover this large home spread.