|Game||Montana Grizzlies vs Idaho State Bengals|
|Date & Time||Thursday March 12, 2020, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
CenturyLink Arena Boise, ID
MONT -10 ; Total 141
The Idaho State Bengals and Montana Grizzlies are set to visit CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho for a Big Sky quarterfinal matchup. The Idaho State Bengals come into this matchup with an 8-22 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their 1st round game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 64-62. Leading the way for the Idaho State Bengals was sophomore guard Austin Smellie as he recorded 16 points and 4 rebounds. Senior forward Chier Maker had a productive outing for the Bengals as he pitched in 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Idaho State Bengals had a solid shooting game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks as they connected on 26 of their 60 field goal attempts (43.3%), and they were even better from behind the three-point line (47.1%). The Idaho State Bengals lost the turnover battle against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (11-8), but they were edged out by the Lumberjacks in the rebounding department (40-38).
The Montana Grizzlies come into this matchup with an 18-13 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent home game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 85-80 in OT. Leading the way for the Montana Grizzlies was senior guard Sayeed Pridgett as he recorded 27 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Joining Pridgett in the backcourt was senior guard Kendal Manuel who had a productive outing for the Grizzlies as he pitched in 19 points.
The Montana Grizzlies struggled shooting the ball against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds as they connected on 27 of their 65 field goal attempts (41.5%), and they were slightly worse from behind the three-point line (38.9%). The Montana Grizzlies won the turnover battle against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (15-11), but they were edged out by the Thunderbirds in the rebounding department (44-34).
Recent Betting Trends
- Idaho State is 9-12 ATS against Big Sky opponents this season.
- The over is 18-8 when Idaho State is an underdog this season.
- Montana is 8-10 ATS after a win this season.
- The over is 14-6 when Montana plays a Big Sky opponent this season.
The Idaho State Bengals were able to come up with an upset in the 1st round of the Big Sky tournament, but they have really struggled all season long as they went 4-16, and they will be tasked with taking down a good Montana squad. The Grizzlies have a dangerous scoring duo as Sayeed Pridgett is averaging 20 PPG and 6.9 RPG while Kendal Manuel is pitching in 16.4 PPG, and they should take advantage of an Idaho State team that has been terrible on the defensive side of the court against Big Sky opponents as they are allowing an average of 76.7 PPG. Montana is the top three-point shooting team in the Big Sky as they are connecting on 39.4% of their attempts, and I think they pull away with some solid shooting in this matchup. Final Score Prediction, Montana Grizzlies win and cover ATS 78-63.