The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) will be at home in Thomas Assembly Center when they meet the Montana State Bobcats (1-1). Louisiana Tech is an 8-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 154 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Montana State Bobcats at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Preview
The last time the Bobcats played, they had no trouble getting past the Montana-Western Bulldogs, 109-81. Tyler Hall was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Montana State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.641. Montana-Western was 7.9 and 0.500, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bulldogs will look to keep it rolling after just getting past the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in their last contest, 96-95. Louisiana Tech was lifted by Jalen Harris, who was the games leading scorer with 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting. The Bulldogs had a much better free throw rate (0.467 vs. 0.187) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.567 vs. 0.540).
The high-octane offense of Louisiana Tech will battle against the bottom-tier defense of Montana State. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs rank 57th in offensive efficiency, while the Bobcats are 282nd in defensive efficiency. The Bulldogs figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
Since last season, the Bobcats have had records of 17-17 straight up (SU) and 14-17 against the spread (ATS). Games including Montana State have had a slight tendency to go over the projected point total since last season (51.6 percent).
On the other hand, the Bulldogs, have records of 25-10 SU and 13-12 ATS since last season. Louisiana Techs games have finished over the O/U total 52.0 percent of the time over that same period.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Louisiana Tech, ATS Winner – Montana State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bobcats rank 14th in three pointers attempted per game (26.6) while the Bulldogs rank 143rd (21.7).
- Louisiana Tech ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.4) while Montana State ranks 244th (2.4).
- The Bulldogs average 37.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 79th in the NCAA. The Bobcats rank 231st in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
- Louisiana Tech ranks 22nd in assists per game (16.5) while Montana State ranks 156th (13.6).