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Montana State favored by 4.5 against South Dakota on Sunday

South Dakota CoyotesMontana State Bobcats
Feb 24, 3:00 PM | Worthington Arena

South Dakota Coyotes vs Montana State Bobcats Odds

8-18TEAM RECORD10-14

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for South Dakota when they take on the Montana State Bobcats on Sunday in college hoops betting action.

Supporters of the Coyotes have watched them go 8-18 and 11-13 ATS on the year, while the Bobcats are at 10-14 and 11-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Bobcats are 10-8, while the Coyotes have a 9-11 mark.

View South Dakota vs Montana State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting South Dakota before tip-off in this one found them as 4.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bobcats at No. 308 and the Coyotes at No. 294 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 70-68 result in favor of the Bobcats.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Coyotes is ranked No. 317 in NCAA hoops at 30.8 per game. Contrast that with Montana State’s No. 261 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Montana State is the No. 103-ranked team in the country at 7 per game, while South Dakota rates No. 101 at 7 per game.

Defensively, South Dakota features the nation's No. 280-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.2 points per game. Montana State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 87 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, South Dakota was a 64-51 loser at home against IUPU Fort Wayne. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Coyotes got 12 points from Trevor Gruis, but it was IUPU Fort Wayne that prevailed in a 64-51 final on Saturday at DakotaDome.

Montana State was a 69-61 loser in its last match on the road against Weber State. They covered the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. Marcus Colbert scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bobcats to a win (they lost 69-61 to Weber State at Dee Events Center on Saturday).

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Southern Utah are 1-2
After playing Weber State are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Coyotes at Bobcats trends to consider:
Montana State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Montana State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Montana State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Montana State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
South Dakota at IUPUI, Thursday, February 28
Montana State at Southern Utah, Thursday, February 28