The top two seeds are the last two teams standing in the Big Sky Tournament, and that should make for a great college basketball betting affair on Saturday night, as the Montana Grizzlies host the Weber State Wildcats.
Weber State has been one of the toughest mid-major teams to beat over the course of the last several years. Last season, the Cats were left out of the NIT in shocking fashion, and they lasted two rounds in the CIT before getting knocked out by the Loyola Marymount Lions in overtime on the road. The Wildcats have a score to settle with the Grizzlies for losing in the Big Sky Tournament last year, and this would be the sweetest revenge of all for sure. This is one of the most efficient teams in America in terms of shooting. The Wildcats knock down 50.7 percent of their shots from the floor and 42.2 percent from long range. The end result is 76.0 points per game. This is why no one wants to see this team in its draw in the postseason. A rotation of seven players average
anywhere from 6.5 to 15.3 points per game. The Wildcats have a few big time rebounders and two massive three point shooters. G Davion Berry and G Scott Bamforth are the studs to watch out for, as they are averaging 15.3 and 13.2 points per game respectively this season.
The Grizzlies won the regular season Big Sky title, and they are hoping to get the chance to dance this season. It’s going to be a heck of a lot tougher to do without G Mathias Ward, who has a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season as a result. If there is a man that is going to be able to get the job done, it’s G Kareem Jamar. Jamar literally does a little bit of everything for the Grizz. He is their leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, has nearly double the assists of anyone else on the team, is the only man averaging more than 4.3 boards per night, and is also averaging nearly a steal and a block per game. G Will Cherry has some real skill, but he struggles with his consistency from beyond the arc. Regardless of how you slice it though, Montana has the home court advantage in this game, and it has a six-game cover streak to work with as well.
Weber State is going to be favored in this game for a reason, though. The last time these two met was in February, a game that the Wildcats won 87-63 in Ogden. It’s going to be different playing in Missoula, but it won’t make that much of a difference. If Weber State can knock down 58.2 percent of its shots like it did the last time these two had it out, this won’t be a close game in spite of the fact that it is a home game for the Grizz. Weber State 76 – Montana 68
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