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Montana State Bobcats face North Dakota Sioux: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Montana State BobcatsNorth Dakota Sioux
11-12February 13, 2014, 08:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center10-12

Betty Engelstad Sioux Center will host North Dakota Sioux vs. Montana State Bobcats action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

North Dakota battles the Bobcats, currently sitting with a 11-12 mark (8-12-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-9 for the Sioux and 7-12 for the Bobcats.

View Montana State Bobcats vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

North Dakota opened as -8.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 85 and the Bobcats at No. 224 heading into this contest.

Montana State won its last outing, a 69-64 result against Portland State on February 8. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. The Bobcats got a 21-point performance from Paul Egwuonwu, who added 10 rebounds, as Montana State ran past Portland State 69-64 on Saturday at Worthington Arena.

North Dakota won its last outing, an 80-75 result against Idaho State on February 8. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. North Dakota got 22 points from Troy Huff en route to an 80-75 victory over Idaho State on Saturday at Holt Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features North Dakota's No. 88-ranked scoring average of 73.86 PPG, against a Bobcats defense rated No. 123 and allowing 69.39 PPG. The Sioux FG% has averaged 46.11% to date this season, more than the Bobcats shooters have managed so far (44.56% per game).

A few Bobcats at Sioux trends to consider:
Montana State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Montana State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montana State's last 5 games
Montana State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
North Dakota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
North Dakota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Dakota's last 6 games
North Dakota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Montana State at Northern Colorado, Saturday, February 15th
North Dakota at Montana, Saturday, February 15th