The Eastern Washington Eagles (12-12, 7-4 BigSky), 6-point underdogs, will be at Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome to challenge the Idaho Vandals (16-7, 8-3 BigSky) in a BigSky matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 139.5 points and action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Idaho Vandals Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Vandals easily got past the Sacramento State Hornets, 81-58, while the Eagles lost to the Portland State Vikings, 94-81.
Idaho dominated every stat category in the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 39.3 (above their season average of 29.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.632 (above their season average of 0.546). Sacramento State was 28.6 and 0.463, respectively, for those same stats. Eastern Washington, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 (above their season average of 22.8). Perrion Callandret played a key role for Idaho with 23 points. Meanwhile, Bogdan Bliznyuk had a good game for Eastern Washington, putting up 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Idaho appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Vandals currently rank 93rd in offensive efficiency, while Eastern Washington ranks 200th in defensive efficiency. The Eagles should have an advantage in terms of ball protection. They rank 41st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.5 percent), while the Vandals force the 50th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 16.7 percent).
Of the Eagles’ 21 games that accepted bets, 11 have finished under the total. Eastern Washington holds records of 12-12 straight up (SU) and 10-11 against the spread (ATS).
Of the Vandals’ 18 games with betting action, 10 have finished over the total. Additionally, Idaho owns records of 16-7 SU and 9-9 ATS.
Bliznyuk has been playing at a high level recently for Eastern Washington, averaging 28.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the last five games.
In their first matchup this year, Victor Sanders led the Vandals to a 58-51 win. He was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. The two teams combined for 109 points, which was well under the projected point total of 144.5, and Idaho covered as a 2-point underdog. Idaho’s 0.245 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Eastern Washington, who had a mark of 0.036.
Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Idaho Vandals Odds Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Eastern Washington, ATS Winner – Eastern Washington, O/U – Over
Eastern Washington ranks 24th in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while Idaho ranks 264th (25.0).
The Eagles rank 30th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Vandals rank 58th (5.6).
Eastern Washington allows the eighth-fewest blocks per game (2.2) while Idaho ranks 15th (2.3).
The Vandals rank 17th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while the Eagles rank 143rd (34.5).
Idaho averages 15.2 assists per game, which ranks 72nd in the nation. Eastern Washington ranks 104th in assists allowed per game (12.9).
Eastern Washington is 6-9 ATS on the road, while Idaho is 2-3 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 3 of the Vandals’ 5 home games, while 8 of the Eagles’ 15 road games have gone over.
The Vandals are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Eagles are 2-3.
In their last five games, Idaho has 4 overs and 1 under, while Eastern Washington has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Vandals’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 75.8 points per game (0.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (2.5 below their season average).
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