New Mexico vs Montana: Odds & Prediction

March 18th, 2010
Mar 18 2010 - 9:50pm

Team Previews: #3 New Mexico  --  #14 Montana  

 

Vegas Odds: New Mexico -9  Bet at bodog

Why Montana will win: Anthony Johnson has the ability to absolutely go off and the Big Sky final was the most recent stage on which the junior displayed that ability. The Grizzlies will also be successful in slowing down the forward tandem of Darington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

Grizzly to Watch: G Anthony Johnson - 20 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg

This is an obvious one. If Johnson struggles to score then by extension his teammates likely will also. But if the Lobos allow him to get going this will be a tougher game than anticipated.

Why New Mexico will win: Hobson and Martinez will be too much for Montana to handle, especially on the offensive boards, and Dairese Gary will win the matchup with Johnson in the backcourt. Simply put, Steve Alford’s team will have an answer for every thing that Wayne Tinkle throws their way and then some.

Lobo to Watch: F Darington Hobson - 16 ppg, 9 rpg, 5 apg

The much-traveled superstar leads the Lobos in points, rebounds and assists; whatever New Mexico does in the tournament will likely be a reflection of what Hobson has done. He’s a very tough matchup given his height and length, along with the versatile skill set.

How it will go down: This one will be on “upset alert” into the second half but in the end the Lobos will simply be too much for Montana. Hobson and Gary combine to score 40 points while New Mexico’s defense limits Anthony Johnson’s good looks. Lobos pull away in the end.

Betting Pick: New Mexico -9

Real Pick: New Mexico