Montana State vs. Grambling: NCAA Tournament First Four Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 20, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

In the First Four, the Montana State Bobcats (17-17) will play the Grambling Tigers (20-14), with Robert Ford and Tra’Michael Moton the key players to watch. Tipoff at UD Arena will be at 6:40 PM ET on Wednesday. Montana State is a 5-point favorite against Grambling when the Bobcats square off with the Tigers on Wednesday. A 136-point total is set for the game.

Montana State vs. Grambling Betting Lines

Montana State vs Grambling Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Montana State -5 136 points

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Spread Pick Grambling (+5)
Total Pick Over (136)

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Montana State vs. Grambling Stat Rankings

Montana State Avg. (Rank) Grambling Avg. (Rank)
75.1 (130th) Points Scored 67.6 (318th)
74.1 (251st) Points Allowed 69.0 (86th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
5.9 (359th) Off. Rebounds 8.3 (239th)
8.6 (63rd) 3pt Made 5.1 (348th)
12.4 (241st) Assists 9.5 (356th)
10.9 (146th) Turnovers 12.3 (285th)

Montana State vs. Grambling Betting Trends

  • The Bobcats are 16-15-0 against the spread this year.
  • Montana State has one win ATS (1-4) as a 5-point favorite or greater this season.
  • This year, 17 of the Bobcats’ 31 games have gone over the point total.
  • In 24 games this year, Montana State and its opponent have combined for more than 136 points.
  • Bobcats games average 149.2 total points per game this season, 13.2 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • Against the spread, Grambling is 17-14-0 this year.
  • As 5-point underdogs or greater, the Tigers are 3-6 against the spread.
  • Montana State has played 31 games this year, and 17 of them have gone over the total.
  • Tigers games have gone over 136 points on 15 occasions this year.
  • The average total points scored in Grambling’s games this year (136) is 0.6 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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Montana State Impact Players

  • Ford leads the Bobcats with 15.9 points per contest and 7.8 rebounds, while also putting up 2.9 assists.
  • Brian Goracke posts 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Defensively, he posts 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.
  • Brandon Walker is averaging 13.0 points, 1.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.
  • Eddie Turner III paces the Bobcats at 3.6 assists per contest, while also putting up 2.2 rebounds and 9.4 points.
  • Tyler Patterson averages 8.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

Grambling Impact Players

  • Moton is the Tigers’ top assist man (2.5 per game), and he posts 11.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.
  • Kintavious Dozier is posting a team-high 13.2 points per game. And he is producing 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists, making 45.6% of his shots from the field and 33.6% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per game.
  • Jourdan Smith is averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, making 39.7% of his shots from the floor.
  • Antwan Barnett gets the Tigers 10.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. He also averages 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • The Tigers get 7.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game from Jalen Johnson.

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