Montana vs Sacramento State: Montana State University basketball will match up against the Sacramento State Hornets in this Big Sky Conference game! It will be a battle between BigSky opponents when the Sacramento State Hornets welcome the Montana Grizzlies to The Hornets Nest. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:05 p.m. ET on Today, January 3, 2019.
Event: College Basketball
Team: Montana vs Sacramento State
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
In the Grizzlies’ last outing, they beat the Northern Colorado Bears, 89-80. The Grizzlies had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 35.0) and had a free throw rate of 0.491 (above their season average of 0.257). With 34 points on 11-for-16 shooting, Jamar Akoh was the game’s leading scorer.
The Hornets were beaten by the Eastern Washington Eagles in their last matchup, 82-67. Eastern Washington’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Sacramento State. The Eagles had a rate of 0.638 (above their season average of 0.511), while the Hornets posted a mark of 0.466. Sacramento State’s Justin Strings had 14 points and eight rebounds in the contest.
This has potential to be a sloppy game for the offense of Sacramento State. Sacramento State ranks 260th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.3 percent), while the pesky defense of Montana forces the 20th-most turnovers in the NCAA (24.0 percent). Moreover, the Grizzlies, who rank 27th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.5 percent), will square off against the Hornets, who rank 255th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.3 percent).
Montana heads into the game with records of 11-5 straight up (SU) and 10-4 against the spread (ATS). Grizzlies games have typically finished over the O/U total (64.3 percent).
Meanwhile, Sacramento State owns records of 4-12 SU and 7-6-1 ATS. Unlike Montana, Hornets games tend to finish under the projected point total (57.1 percent).
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Akoh (19.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals) has been stellar for the Grizzlies while Strings (20.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists) has made great contributions to the Hornets.
After the Hornets won both meetings against the Grizzlies last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, Sacramento State won 67-65. Getting to the free throw line was one of Sacramento State’s biggest advantages. They had 28 free throw attempts, while Montana had 17.