NCAA hoops odds preview - Montana vs. North Dakota
Montana Grizzlies vs North Dakota Sioux Odds
The North Dakota Sioux hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Montana Grizzlies pay a visit to Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on the college basketball betting menu.
The Grizzlies will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 4-5-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Sioux are 4-7 ATS. Montana is 2-4-1 on the totals; North Dakota is 6-2.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the North Dakota Sioux as 4-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 263-ranked Sioux and the No. 196-rated Grizzlies in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-63 win for the Grizzlies on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Dakota has the nation's No. 249-rated offensive output, at 64.3 PPG. The visiting Grizzlies defense ranks No. 148 allowing on average 65 PPG. The Sioux FG% has averaged 39.2% so far, less than the Grizzlies marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.
Defensively, Montana features the nation's No. 147-rated defense on the road, allowing 69 points per game. North Dakota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 208 nationally in scoring at home.
Montana won its last outing, a 62-55 result against Portland State on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. Montana got 16 points from Will Cherry en route to a 62-55 victory over Portland State on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena.
North Dakota lost its last outing, a 95-63 result against Weber State on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point underdog. North Dakota was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Weber State and falling by a 95-63 score at Dee Events Center.
Montana Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Northern Colorado are 8-2
After playing Portland State are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
North Dakota Sioux Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-4
After a loss are 4-6
A few Grizzlies at Sioux trends to consider:
Montana is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
North Dakota is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
North Dakota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Montana at Northern Colorado, Saturday, January 12
North Dakota home to Montana State, Saturday, January 12