The Milwaukee Panthers (5-2) will be at home in UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena when they meet the Montana State Bobcats (4-3). Milwaukee is a 5-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 137.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Panthers Betting Preview
In the Bobcats last contest, they easily got past the Bethesda Flames, 98-61. Tyler Hall was the games high scorer with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Montana State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 38.9 (above their season average of 30.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.652 (above their season average of 0.521). For those same stats, Bethesda put up marks of 10.6 and 0.396, respectively.
The Panthers hope to maintain momentum after topping the Northern Illinois Huskies in their last contest, 75-62. With 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting, Brett Prahl was Milwaukee’s high scorer. Milwaukee dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.173 (below their season average of 0.197) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.0 (above their season average of 28.7). For those same stats, Northern Illinois had marks of 0.078 and 20.5, respectively.
Second-chance opportunities could be rare for Milwaukee in this battle. The Panthers rank 303rd in offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 percent), while Montana State ranks 89th in defensive rebounding percentage (73.0 percent) since last season. This game should be a battle of conflicting styles. The up-tempo Bobcats rank 44th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Panthers rank 325th.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Montana State games have finished over 66.7 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of games involving Milwaukee have finished under. The Panthers hold a clear advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 5-2 SU and 4-2 ATS, while the Bobcats are 4-3 SU and 2-4 ATS.
The Panthers won the only game against the Bobcats last season, 83-78. The Panthers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.360 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 44.4. The Bobcats were 0.172 and 27.8, respectively, for those same stats.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Panthers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Milwaukee, ATS Winner – Montana State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bobcats rank 243rd in blocks per game (2.4) while the Panthers rank 282nd (1.7).
- Montana State ranks 126th in rebounds per game (36.5) while Milwaukee ranks 305th (32.2).
- The Bobcats average 25.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 21st in the NCAA. The Panthers rank 160th in three pointers allowed per game (21.2).
- Montana State ranks 198th in steals per game (5.8) while Milwaukee ranks 268th (4.9).