Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The Montana Grizzlies have been a consistent performer in the Big Sky for a number of years and the Grizzlies are one of the top threats in the league again this season standing 10-10 overall and 5-2 in conference. Montana faced a very challenging nonconference slate which has prepped this group well for the competition they’ve faced in the Big Sky. Montana has shown well against some of the other top teams in the league this season winning against Eastern Washington and North Dakota, but the Grizzlies came up short in their last outing on the road losing to Portland State by a final of 79-88. Montana plays good fundamental basketball and Oregon transfer Ahmaad Rorie has led the charge averaging 17.4 points per game.
Sacramento State should have their hands full today at home against a Montana squad that’s hungry to bounce back coming off a tough defeat. Sacramento State hasn’t had a lot of success this season standing 5-12 overall and 2-4 in conference. This has been one of the weakest offensive teams in the Big Sky ranking 273rd in the nation in scoring average as well as 264th in total defense. Sacramento State fell in their last outing at home losing to Montana State by a final of 65-74 and the Hornets are 0-3 at home in conference play with all of their defeats all coming by more than the spread of this matchup today. Sacramento State has been led by Justin Strings who’s averaging 15.8 points per game.
If Montana is going to seriously compete for the Big Sky regular season title then these are the kind of matchups on the road that the Grizzlies can’t afford to lose. Montana is battle tested on the road and this veteran group should be ready to get back on track today against one of the weaker teams in the league. Take Montana to come through as they go on to win and cover the spread.
Montana -6 -103