Just some short predictions for Saturday, where we again have a full give game slate!
@ North Dakota 67, Montana State 64
I wanted to pick MSU here, but was convinced on Twitter that UND is the smarter choice. The Bobcats are coming off some tight, emotional comeback wins, and will go from Greeley on Thursday night to an early afternoon game in Grand Forks. That’s a tough stretch.
Montana 73, @ Northern Colorado 67
I wanted to pick the upset here, because I’m not sure who is going to stop Derrick Barden from pulling down a ton of rebounds. But at the same time, Will Cherry and Kareem Jamar should wreak havoc defensively on a UNC backcourt that is looking for a consistent ballhandler and playmaker.
@ Southern Utah 62, Idaho State 54
Only true Big Sky fans will be watching this game, as neither team has been all that aesthetically pleasing. But Nick Robinson is doing one of the best coaching jobs in the conference, and I think that will continue with a big home win here.
@ Eastern Washington 77, Sacramento State 67
The Eagles are finding their groove a little bit, while the Hornets are struggling. After seeing these teams respective performances on Thursday night, I like EWU to even their Big Sky record.
@ Portland State 78, Northern Arizona 69
Portland State has been tough at home, and I expect that to continue. DeWayne Russell is playing well for the Lumberjacks, but Gabe Rogers is struggling to provide efficient offense. PSU will be too much down low for NAU, with Aaron Moore’s game continuing to come on strong.
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