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Roll With Montana State to Feast on Grambling

One of the most stunning moments of the 2023 NCAA Tournament was Fairleigh Dickinson going from winning a First Four game to stunning top-seeded Purdue. Can history repeat with either Grambling or Montana State getting a shot at the Boilermakers? Montana State, making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, is favored against Grambling according to the NCAA basketball odds.


Roll With Montana State to Feast on Grambling
Roll With Montana State to Feast on Grambling

This is the first meeting between the Bobcats and the Tigers. Montana State is 213th and Grambling is 267th in the Pomeroy college basketball rankings, making them two of the lowest-ranked teams in the March Madness bracket.

The Bobcats are listed by the college basketball spread as a 4-point favorite against the Grambling team that ended Texas Southern’s three-year run as the SWAC representative in the March Madness bracket.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between Montana State and Grambling in the First Four game in the Midwest Region.

Grambling vs Montana State Game Information

  • Game: Grambling 20-14 vs Montana State 17-17
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
  • Grambling vs Montana State Live Stream: TBS.com


Montana State has lost its four previous NCAA Tournament games with the average margin of defeat being 22.3 points. Montana State’s last national postseason came in the 2002 NIT with a 77-69 win against Utah State as an eight-point underdog.

Grambling covered in its most recent NCAA Tournament game, losing to University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley 74-73 as a 10-point underdog in 2019. The game was held five years to the day of this matchup.

Montana State is priced at -170 to win the game outright with the Tigers at +148 on the Moneyline.

Grambling vs Montana State Odds and Spreads

  • Montana State is 6-5 as a favorite this season.
  • Grambling has lost 11 of its 18 games when listed as the underdog.
  • The Bobcats and Tigers are a combined 6-3 against the spread in neutral-site games.
  • The total has gone over in four of Montana State’s last five games.
  • All three of Montana State’s games played at neutral sites have gone over the total.
  • Grambling is 7-2 against the Las Vegas odds in its last nine games.
  • Grambling has won nine of its last 11 matchups in March.
  • Montana State is 5-1 against the spread over its last six games.

Grambling vs Montana State ATS Pick: Montana State -4

Even though Montana State is just 3-8 against the spread as an underdog this season, the previous NCAA Tournament experience could prove to be the difference in this First Four matchup.

Montana State has won its last five games against SWAC teams.

With Antwan Burnett back for Grambling, the Tigers are in good shape from an injury standpoint. Patrick McMahon and Jaqari Miles haven’t played since November for Montana State.



Grambling vs Montana State Over/Under Pick: Over 135

Eleven of Montana State’s 20 games as the favorite have landed over the total. Keep that in mind when looking at the best college basketball bets today.

Just five of 13 games for Grambling as the underdog went under the total.

Montana State put up 83.3 points in the Big Sky tournament and that is enough to go with this game to go over the 135-point total.



Grambling vs Montana State Player Prop Pick: Robert Ford III to score 18+ Points (+118)

Ford averaged 22.7 points in the three games in the Big Sky tournament when he shot 59% from the field. He could be ready for a big game against Grambling after finishing with one point and going 0-for-4 from the field against Kansas State in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Grambling vs Montana State Prediction

Montana State 75, Grambing 68



Questions of the Day

Which team has a better record against the spread heading into the First Four matchup between Grambling and Montana State?

Grambling is 17-14 against the spread this season with Montana State 16-15 ATS going into the March Madness matchup.

What is the best player prop to consider for the Grambling State Tigers?

Kindavious Dozier only had six field-goal attempts in the final of the SWAC tournament. More will be needed from him in the First Four game so take a look at the +120 odds for him to have at least 14 points.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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