For the third time in four years, conference juggernauts No. 1 Montana and No. 2 Weber State will meet in the Big Sky Tournament Conference Championship Game. Weber State edged out North Dakota 76-74 while Montana easily took care of No. 5 Northern Colorado 70-56.
Montana is 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games against Weber State. That includes a 2-0 SU and ATS record in their last two meetings in the Big Sky Championship Game; Montana blew Weber State out 85-66 in this game last year and won by one point (66-65) as a slight underdog in 2010.
The Grizzlies sit at 24-6 (16-11-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wildcats are currently 26-5 (15-12-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Montana is 12-12-1 OU, and Weber State is 13-13 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Grizzlies - Wildcats odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Montana is rated No. 156 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Weber State is at No. 27. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 83-75 win for the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Montana's No. 306-rated squad against Weber State's No. 104-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Montana rates No. 98 in the country with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 87 nationally with 7 per match.
Defensively, Weber State features the nation's No. 73-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. Montana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 139 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Weber State, they were a 76-74 winner as they battled North Dakota at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. The Wildcats got a terrific 25-point effort from Davion Berry as Weber State defeated North Dakota 76-74 on Friday at Dahlberg Arena.
In their last action, Montana was a 70-56 winner at home against Northern Colorado. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. Montana got 21 points from Will Cherry en route to a 70-56 victory over Northern Colorado on Friday at Dahlberg Arena.