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Sacramento State Hornets visit Montana State Bobcats in college basketball clash

Sacramento State HornetsMontana State Bobcats
4-5January 02, 2014, 09:05 | Worthington Arena5-6

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Montana State vs Sacramento State battle Thursday at Worthington Arena as the Bobcats look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Bobcats sport a record of 5-6 and 4-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hornets have 4-5 and 3-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-4 for the Bobcats and 1-4 for the Hornets.

View Sacramento State Hornets vs Montana State Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bobcats as -8-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 229-ranked Bobcats and the No. 311-rated Hornets in this matchup.

Sacramento State won its last outing, a 69-67 result against UC Riverside on December 29. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. Sacramento State earned a 69-67 victory over UC Riverside on Sunday, getting 15 points from Mikh McKinney at Colberg Court.

Montana State was a 70-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Montana State got 10 points from Terrell Brown but lost anyway, 70-55, to Texas El Paso on Monday at Don Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Montana State's No. 149-ranked scoring average of 72.91 PPG, against a Hornets defense rated No. 74 and allowing 66.44 PPG. The Bobcats FG% has averaged 45.85% to date this season, more than the Hornets shooters have managed so far (41.54% per game).

A few Hornets at Bobcats trends to consider:
Sacramento State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Sacramento State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Montana State
Sacramento State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montana State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Montana State
Montana State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Montana State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Montana State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Sacramento State
Montana State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Sacramento State

Next up:
Sacramento State at Montana, Saturday, January 4th
Montana State at Northern Arizona, Saturday, January 4th