Sen. Steve Daines is an embarrassment to Montana. I can’t believe he has the nerve to tell us that he is proud to oppose the border bill when so much else is at stake in this appropriation approval.
Because Trump has told Daines and fellow Republicans NOT to pass a border bill to keep the chaos alive during the fall election FOR TRUMP, and to NOT address the major legislation pieces connected to this bill regarding aid to Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, shows Sen. Daines is a lapdog to Trump and does not work for the people of Montana. Sen. Daines, time to get to work and do your job as our Senator and pass this legislation. For shame.
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Their last head-to-head back in January was close, and so far it looks like that’s how Portland State and the Bobcats will finish this one. Sitting on a score of 37-36, Portland State has looked like the better team, but there’s still one more half to play.
If Portland State keeps playing like this, they’ll bump their record up to 17-11 in no time. On the other hand, Montana State will have to make due with an 11-16 record unless they turn things around (and fast).
Portland State Vikings @ Montana State Bobcats
Current Records: Portland State 16-11, Montana State 11-15
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Portland State has enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they’ll head out on the road. They and the Montana State Bobcats will face off in a Big Sky battle at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday at Max Worthington Arena. Montana State took a loss in their last contest and will be looking to turn the tables on Portland State, who comes in off a win.
Last Saturday, the Vikings didn’t have too much trouble with the Lumberjacks at home as they won 83-68.
Meanwhile, Montana State’s recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Saturday after their fourth straight defeat. They found themselves the reluctant recipients of a 88-69 punch to the gut against the Grizzlies. Montana State found out winning isn’t easy when you don’t work as a unit and post ten fewer assists than your opponent.
The Vikings’ win bumped their record up to 16-11. As for the Bobcats, their loss was their fourth straight on the road, which dropped their record down to 11-15.
Thursday’s match is shaping up to be a scrappy game: Portland State have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 36.2 rebounds per game. It’s a different story for Montana State, though, as they’ve been averaging only 30.4 rebounds per game. Given Portland State’s sizable advantage in that area, the Bobcats will need to find a way to close that gap.
Portland State is hoping to beat the odds on Thursday, as the experts think they’re headed for a loss. For those looking to play the spread, take note: they are a solid 6-3 against the spread when playing as the underdogs on the road.
Montana State is a slight 2.5-point favorite against Portland State, 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 Bobcats as a 3-point favorite.
The over/under is 149.5 points.
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Montana State has won 6 out of their last 10 games against Portland State.
Jan 27, 2024 – Portland State 94 vs. Montana State 91
Feb 25, 2023 – Montana State 91 vs. Portland State 78
Jan 26, 2023 – Montana State 75 vs. Portland State 66
Feb 10, 2022 – Montana State 77 vs. Portland State 74
Jan 22, 2022 – Montana State 73 vs. Portland State 61
Jan 16, 2021 – Montana State 69 vs. Portland State 64
Jan 14, 2021 – Montana State 71 vs. Portland State 64
Feb 20, 2020 – Portland State 87 vs. Montana State 77
Jan 11, 2020 – Portland State 77 vs. Montana State 76
Mar 09, 2019 – Portland State 84 vs. Montana State 80
Montana is rated as one of the most dangerous states for transgender people.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is reinstating a near-complete ban on individuals altering their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity.
In 2022, the state’s health department adopted an administrative rule barring residents from changing their birth certificates with limited exceptions. However, this rule was blocked by the court after the ACLU of Montana brought litigation challenging the rule. In June 2023, the trial court granted summary judgment in the ACLU’s favor, permanently enjoining enforcement of the rule. The Judge even held the health department in contempt of court for advancing anti-transgender administrative regulations prior to the resolution of a related lawsuit.
Although the court permanently prohibited the administrative rule, the state health department was then allowed to once again write administrative guidelines regarding gender marker changes on birth certificates.
Alex Rate, legal director of the ACLU of Montana, told the Montana Free Press, “We’ll be back in court, no doubt.” Rate said that the new administrative rule relies on the same unconstitutional provisions as the one previously enjoined by the courts, and that the ACLU is planning to bring a legal challenge to the new rule in the coming weeks. “The new rule runs afoul of the same constitutional provisions, from dignity to privacy to equal protection,” Rate went on.
The state health department has asserted that despite this anti-trans rule being a new iteration of one that is years old, it aligns with an anti-trans statute passed in 2023. That statute, Senate Bill 458, defined sex so narrowly that experts said that it could exclude transgender individuals from protections under anti-discrimination laws. Republican Sen. Carl Glimm, the same legislator who introduced the original bill to restrict birth certificates in 2021, also sponsored Senate Bill 458. The ACLU of Montana brought a legal challenge to Senate Bill 458 in December 2023, but the law has not yet been enjoined by the courts.
Montana is rated as one of the worst states for transgender people on the legislative risk assessment map created by transgender journalist Erin Reed. In addition to legally erasing transgender people, which effectively removes any legal rights associated with their gender identities, Montana also has a gender-affirming care ban in place and has a ‘negative’ LGBTQ policy tally, according to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP). In April 2023, the state’s first openly transgender legislator, Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D), was censured following her vocal opposition to the slew of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced by her Republican colleagues.
“Once again, this latest action by the [health department] betrays the state’s deep and abiding animus towards trans people in Montana,” Rate said. “Trans people belong here. They are trying to live out their ordinary lives.”
Montana is one of 17 states that make it difficult, if not impossible, to amend gender markers on a person’s birth certificate and one of 23 states that bans best-practice medical care for transgender youth. In 2023, 510 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in legislatures across the country, eight of which were introduced in Montana. This legislative session has already seen the introduction of 442 anti-LGBTQ bills, outpacing the anti-LGBTQ activity seen in 2023 that warranted the Human Rights Campaign to issue a national state of emergency for LGBTQ Americans.
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The Sacramento State Hornets (6-21, 2-12 Big Sky) visit the Montana Grizzlies (17-9, 8-5 Big Sky) after losing nine road games in a row. The Grizzlies are double-digit favorites by 13.5 points in the matchup, which starts at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The point total for the matchup is set at 130.5.
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Montana vs. Sacramento State Odds & Info
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Live Stream: Watch this game on ESPN+
Where: Missoula, Montana
Venue: Dahlberg Arena
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Montana vs Sacramento State Betting Records & Stats
The Grizzlies have a 14-9-0 record against the spread this season.
Sacramento State is 9-16-0 against the spread this year.
Montana’s .609 ATS win percentage (14-9-0 ATS Record) is higher than Sacramento State’s .360 mark (9-16-0 ATS Record) in 2023-24.
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Additional Montana vs Sacramento State Insights & Trends
Montana has a 5-5 record against the spread while finishing 7-3 overall in its past 10 contests.
The Grizzlies have hit the over in five of their past 10 outings.
Sacramento State is 4-6 against the spread and 0-10 overall in its past 10 games.
Three of the Hornets’ last 10 games have gone over the total.
The Grizzlies score 77.2 points per game, 6.7 more points than the 70.5 the Hornets allow.
When Montana scores more than 70.5 points, it is 12-3 against the spread and 16-2 overall.
The Hornets put up an average of 65.8 points per game, 5.9 fewer points than the 71.7 the Grizzlies give up.
Sacramento State is 3-1 against the spread and 2-4 overall when it scores more than 71.7 points.
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