Northern Arizona @ Montana
Current Records: Northern Arizona 8-15; Montana 16-8
What to Know
The Montana Grizzlies are 10-2 against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks since December of 2015, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Thursday. Montana and Northern Arizona will face off in a Big Sky battle at 9 p.m. ET at Dahlberg Arena. If the game is anything like their last meeting in January, where the Grizzlies won 58-48, we could be in for a big score.
Montana didn't have too much trouble with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at home on Monday as they won 78-67.
Meanwhile, Northern Arizona was expected to have a tough go of it on Monday, and, well, they did. They found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 82-60 punch to the gut against the Northern Colorado Bears.
Montana is the favorite in this one, with an expected 11.5-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (10-5), so they might be worth a quick bet.
The Grizzlies are now 16-8 while the Lumberjacks sit at 8-15. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Montana ranks seventh in college basketball when it comes to turnovers per game, with only 9.7 on average. Less enviably, Northern Arizona is stumbling into the game with the fourth fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only ten on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Northern Arizona.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: Dahlberg Arena -- Missoula, Montana
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $45.00
The Grizzlies are a big 11.5-point favorite against the Lumberjacks, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Grizzlies as a 12-point favorite.
Montana have won ten out of their last 12 games against Northern Arizona.
- Jan 22, 2022 - Montana 58 vs. Northern Arizona 48
- Jan 16, 2021 - Northern Arizona 62 vs. Montana 58
- Jan 14, 2021 - Montana 67 vs. Northern Arizona 56
- Feb 27, 2020 - Northern Arizona 57 vs. Montana 56
- Dec 28, 2019 - Montana 79 vs. Northern Arizona 72
- Mar 04, 2019 - Montana 66 vs. Northern Arizona 64
- Dec 29, 2018 - Montana 86 vs. Northern Arizona 73
- Jan 27, 2018 - Montana 82 vs. Northern Arizona 64
- Dec 28, 2017 - Montana 87 vs. Northern Arizona 69
- Feb 11, 2017 - Montana 76 vs. Northern Arizona 59
- Feb 13, 2016 - Montana 85 vs. Northern Arizona 67
- Dec 31, 2015 - Montana 90 vs. Northern Arizona 84