Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Eagles and Vandals. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Vandals at ICCU Arena in Moscow, ID. Get ready to place your bets! The Eagles come into this Big Sky conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 146.5 points.
EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES VS IDAHO VANDALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Idaho Vandals +6.5
This game will be played at ICCU Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE IDAHO VANDALS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Vandals.
- Not only will Idaho pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Can the Eagles Lock in a Win at Moscow?
Eastern Washington enters this game as the favorite, as they have gone 5-0 in games where they are favored this season. So far, the Eagles have a record of 8-7, including a 4-game win streak. In Big Sky play, they are a perfect 2-0.
On the road this season, Eastern Washington has struggled, going just 3-7. So far, their average scoring margin on the road is -10.0 points per game. In their last game, the Eagles beat North Dakota State by a score of 91-83.
Eastern Washington has been a strong team against the spread this season, going 10-3 overall. They have been even better vs. the spread when favored, going 5-0. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-3 and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles are 7-3 and they are 7-3 on the road vs. the spread this season.
This season, the over/under record for Eastern Washington games is 9-4, and today’s line of 146.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (149.3). So far, 8 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s total. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 164 points.
Coming off a good offensive performance, Eastern Washington’s offense scored 91 points against North Dakota State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 60.8%, and they went 19/25 from the free-throw line. Cedric Coward is leading the team in scoring at 13.8 points per contest. Dane Erikstrup has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.3 going into the game.
The Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 209th nationally, allowing an average of 73.2 points per contest. So far, the Eastern Washington defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.1 times per game (643rd).
Are Idaho Ready for a Home Win?
Idaho will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they host Eastern Washington. So far, the Vandals have gone 3-4 at home, and they have a scoring margin of +4.3 points per game at home.
Overall, Idaho is 7-8 this season, and they have gone 1-1 in Big Sky games. As the underdog, the Vandals have gone 2-8, and they have gone 2-4 on their home court.
As the underdog this season, Idaho has an ATS record of 3-7 and is just 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three games. At home, the Vandals have gone 3-3-1 ATS this year and are 3-4-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.
Idaho’s over/under record this season sits at 7-5-1, and today’s over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (140.7). So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points.
The Idaho offense is coming off a game in which they scored 67 points vs. St. Thomas (MN). Overall their field goal percentage was 41.4% while connecting on 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Quinn Denker, who is averaging 11.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Julius Mims also maintains a PPG average of 11 heading into game.
At present, the Vandals’ defense is nationally ranked 124th, allowing 69.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.4 threes per game vs. Eastern Washington. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 36.7%.