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Sacramento State Hornets visit Montana Grizzlies in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Sacramento State HornetsMontana Grizzlies
4-6January 04, 2014, 09:00 | Dahlberg Arena5-5

The Montana Grizzlies host Sacramento State on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-5 mark against the 4-6 Hornets in college hoops action at Dahlberg Arena.

The Hornets will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Grizzlies are 2-4 ATS. Sacramento State is 1-5 on the totals; Montana is 2-1.

View Sacramento State Hornets vs Montana Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Grizzlies installed as -14-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Grizzlies rated this week at No. 233 and the Hornets sitting at No. 311.

Sacramento State was a 70-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Montana State. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. Sacramento State suffered a 70-55 loss against Montana State on Thursday, getting 19 points from Zach Mills in a losing effort at Worthington Arena.

Montana was a 73-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against Northern Arizona. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Kareem Jamar scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Grizzlies to a win (they lost 73-65 to Northern Arizona at Dahlberg Arena on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Montana has the nation's No. 169-rated offensive output, at 71.9 PPG. The visiting Hornets defense ranks No. 82 allowing on average 66.8 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 47.73% so far, more than the Hornets marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.2% per game.

A few Hornets at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Sacramento State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Sacramento State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Sacramento State is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Montana
Sacramento State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montana
Montana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Montana is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
Montana is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Sacramento State
Montana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento State

Next up:
Sacramento State at Northern Arizona, Thursday, January 9th
Montana at Eastern Washington, Thursday, January 9th