The Montana State Bobcats (14-14, 8-9 BigSky) will travel to Walkup Skydome to challenge the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (16-11, 10-8 BigSky) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Odds Preview
The last time the Bobcats played, they lost big to the Sacramento State Hornets, 81-52. With 12 points on 2-for-8 shooting, Harald Frey was Montana State’s high scorer. Sacramento State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 32.5). Montana State, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.262).
The Lumberjacks hope to maintain momentum after just getting past the Montana Grizzlies in their last matchup, 57-56. Northern Arizona was led by Cameron Shelton, who contributed 15 points and nine rebounds. Northern Arizona played a nearly perfect game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.267 (above their season average of 0.216) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.2 (below their season average of 27.4). For those same stats, Montana recorded marks of 0.000 and 4.5, respectively.
Northern Arizona should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Northern Arizona ranks 54th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.1 percent), while Montana State forces the 32nd-fewest turnovers (16.7 percent). Additionally, the Bobcats rank 307th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.5 percent), while the Lumberjacks rank 60th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.1 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bobcats won 63-61. Montana State did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (25-28; 89.3 percent). Northern Arizona, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.4 vs. 15.4). Jubrile Belo was a top performer in the victory, with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northern Arizona, ATS Winner – Northern Arizona, O/U – Over
The Lumberjacks rank 212th in three pointers attempted per game (20.1) while the Bobcats rank 284th (17.4).
Northern Arizona ranks 102nd in assists per game (13.7) while Montana State ranks 231st (11.3).
The Lumberjacks rank 25th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Bobcats rank 139th (3.6).
Northern Arizona ranks 45th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Montana State ranks 156th (6.8).
The Lumberjacks have been outscored by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Northern Arizona has defeated opponents by an average of 2.6 points.
During their last five games, the Bobcats have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (4.7 above their season average).