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Montana vs. Weber State - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Weber State at Montana
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, MT
The Line
Montana Grizzlies -7.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
SWX-Montana; PLUTO
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The Weber State Wildcats will travel to Dahlberg Arena to take on the Montana Grizzlies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Weber State Wildcats won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-6 (7-1 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Montana State Bobcats, 93-84, this past Thursday. Weber State was outstanding on the offensive end against the Montana State defense and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 61-44 lead with 16:28 left in regulation. Weber State shot 54.5% from the field & 48.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Zach Braxton who had a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Weber State is averaging 82.9 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Jerrick Harding (21.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Cody John (15.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), Brekkott Chapman (13.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 bpg), and Zach Braxton (10.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg).

Defensively, Weber State is allowing their opponents to an average of 74.1 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Montana Grizzlies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 13-6 (6-2 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho State Bengals, 80-69, this past Thursday night. Montana was solid on the defensive end agianst the Bengals and was able to cruise to victory after taking a 49-31 lead with 14:13 left in regulation. Montana shot 44.6% from the field and forced Idaho State into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Grizzlies Jamar Akoh who had a double-double with 22 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Montana is averaging 75.6 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Ahmaad Rorie (16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jamar Akoh (15.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Michael Oguine (13.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Sayeed Pridgett (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Montana is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. Big Sky opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Weber State has won 8 of their last 9 games and come into this game ranked 27th in scoring offense, 33rd in FG%, and 96th in defensive FG%. Montana has won 7 of their last 9 games and currently rank T-124th in scoring offense 7 93rd in scoring defense.

Montana is an impressive 7-1 at home however, the Grizzlies can be an inconsistent team as they’ve shown with surprising losses to Portland State & Eastern Washington this season who have a combined record of just 12-24. Weber State is a very talented offensive team and as they’ve been solid on the road this season, I’m taking the Wildcats and the points in this one.

Pick:
Weber State Wildcats +7.5

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