Check out our free Montana State vs Sacramento State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Sacramento. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Montana State vs Sacramento State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Bobcats vs Hornets Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Montana State Bobcats at Sacramento State Hornets
- Where: Sacramento at The Hornets Nest
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Montana State -2.5, MONST -149 | SACST +121 O/U 129.5
The Montana State Bobcats head into today’s game in what will be their 23rd game of the season, posting a record of 14-8. On the road, the Bobcats will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 7-6. So far, the Bobcats have been favored 13 times, going 10-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Montana State as -2.5 point favorites.
Montana State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Raequan Battle who is averaging 16.41 points per game for the Bobcats. Battle is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bobcats’ offensive game plan is the play of Jubrile Belo who has hit 61.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.05 points per game.
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%
Heading into today’s matchup vs Montana State, the Sacramento State Hornets will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 12-9. Currently, the Hornets have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. So far, the Hornets have been the underdog 12 times, going 4-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.
Sacramento State’s leading scorer this season is Zach Chappell, who is averaging 14.81 points per contest. So far, Chappell has accounted for 21.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.76 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists. Callum McRae is the second leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 11.81 points per game. Between him and McRae, they are accounting for 39.5% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Sacramento State will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Hornets are ranked 370th at 65.4 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 550th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Sacramento State is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Free Spread Prediction: Montana State Bobcats -2.5
Leading into this matchup, the Montana State Bobcats are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -2.5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Bobcats’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Montana State has a field goal percentage of 47.5, good for 45th in college basketball. In addition, look for the team to add to their trend of covering the spread on the road. Over their last 10 road matchups, they are 7-3 vs the spread.