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Montana State vs Idaho Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Bobcats vs Vandals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Montana State Bobcats at Idaho Vandals
  • Where: Moscow at ICCU Arena
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: Montana State -9, MONST -488 | IDAHO +361 O/U 140.0

Bobcats Preview:

Montana State will take the floor against the Vandals with an overall record of 12-7. On the road, the Bobcats will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 5-5. So far, the Bobcats have been favored 10 times, going 8-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Montana State as -9 point favorites.

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Montana State’s leading scorer this season is Raequan Battle, who is averaging 15.89 points per contest. So far, Battle has accounted for 20.93% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.16 rebounds per game and 1.05 assists. Jubrile Belo is the second leading scorer for the Bobcats, averaging 13.16 points per game. Between him and Belo, they are accounting for 38.3% of the team’s scoring.

So far this season, Montana State has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.0 points per game (52nd). This strong figure has come despite the Bobcats playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Montana State’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 47.5%

Vandals Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Montana State, the Idaho Vandals will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 6-12. Currently, the Vandals have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 4-5. So far, the Vandals have been the underdog 14 times, going 3-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

Isaac Jones comes into today’s game as the Vandals’ leading scorer at 19.47 points per contest. Not only has Jones been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Idaho’s top rebounder at 7.59 boards per contest. Behind Jones, the team has benefited from the strong play of Divant’e Moffitt, who is second on the team in scoring at 17.11 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.6% of his shots and is adding 2.22 boards per game.

On offense, Idaho comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 267th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Vandals’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. So far, 37.79% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.2%.

Free Spread Prediction: Idaho Vandals +9

Our analysis of the matchup between the Idaho Vandals and Montana State Bobcats shows that Idaho will cover the spread as +9 point underdogs. We feel that the spread for this game is set too high, creating an opportunity for Idaho to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Vandals are a good candidate to keep the final score closer than predicted. In these scenarios, the better team’s pace of play can be a major factor in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are near the NCAA average, Idaho won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Idaho Vandals at +9.

 


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