The Idaho State Bengals (7-20, 4-14 BigSky) look to snap the five-game winning streak of Eastern Washington when they travel to Reese Court to go head-to-head against the Eagles (21-8, 14-4 BigSky). Tip-off is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Idaho State Bengals at Eastern Washington Eagles Free Preview
The last time the Bengals played, they beat the Weber State Wildcats, 78-70. Malik Porter was Idaho State’s leading scorer with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Idaho State played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.259 (above their season average of 0.232) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.7 (above their season average of 30.2). For those same stats, Weber State was 0.143 and 33.3, respectively.
The Eagles will look to keep it rolling after beating the Northern Colorado Bears in their last outing, 68-64. Eastern Washington was lifted by Mason Peatling, who put up 20 points and 11 rebounds. Eastern Washington dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.3 (better than their season average of 15.5) and a free throw rate of 0.153 (matching their season average). Northern Colorado was 12.4 and 0.109, respectively, for those same stats.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bengals won 75-69. Idaho State had a much better free throw rate (0.261 vs. 0.138). Eastern Washington, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (11.0 vs. 26.6). Chier Maker scored a game-high 24 points.
The sharp-shooting offense of Eastern Washington (53rd in the nation with an effective field goal percentage 0.528) will go head-to-head against the bottom-tier defense of Idaho State (313th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.524). The Eagles should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Idaho State vs. Eastern Washington Free Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Eastern Washington, ATS Winner – Eastern Washington, O/U – Over
The Eagles rank 83rd in steals per game (7.1) while the Bengals rank 233rd (4.8).
Eastern Washington blocks 3.7 opponent shots per game, which ranks 80th in the NCAA. Idaho State ranks 117th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Eastern Washington ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.4) while Idaho State ranks 248th (18.6).
The Eagles rank sixth in assists per game (17.1) while the Bengals rank 216th (11.7).
Idaho State ranks 33rd in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Eastern Washington ranks 240th (37.2).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bengals have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 79.0 points per game (6.6 above their season average).