BigSky foes will collide when the Portland State Vikings (8-10, 2-4 BigSky) take on the Idaho State Bengals (6-9, 3-3 BigSky) at The Viking Pavilion. Action starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Idaho State Bengals at Portland State Vikings Odds Preview
In the Bengals’ last matchup, they lost to the Weber State Wildcats, 76-68. With 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Chier Maker led Idaho State in scoring. Weber State did a great job of making free throws (19-25; 76.0 percent). Idaho State, on the other hand, held the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.8 (below their season average of 23.9).
The Vikings are trying to rebound after their 85-70 loss to the Montana Grizzlies in their last matchup. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Rashaad Goolsby played well for Portland State. Montana had an effective field goal percentage of 0.689 (above their season average of 0.478). Portland State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.0 (above their season average of 37.5).
Portland State could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Portland State ranks 59th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.2 percent), while Idaho State forces the 65th-fewest turnovers (18.0 percent).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after splitting two games last season. The Vikings won the last matchup 99-93. Portland State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.7 vs. 27.5). Idaho State, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (24-34; 70.6 percent).
Idaho State Bengals vs. Portland State Vikings ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Portland State, ATS Winner – Portland State, O/U – Under
The Bengals rank second in three pointers allowed per game (15.0) while the Vikings rank 18th (17.7).
Portland State averages 4.2 blocks per game, which ranks 55th in the country. Idaho State ranks 61st in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
Idaho State ranks 55th in assists allowed per game (11.1) while Portland State ranks 241st (16.2).
The Vikings rank 46th in steals per game (8.2) while the Bengals rank 210th (5.2).
Idaho State ranks 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (30.9) while Portland State ranks 150th (35.4).
The Vikings have been outscored by an average of 5.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Portland State has defeated opponents by an average of 2.6 points.
During their last five games, the Bengals have scored an average of 63.6 points per game (4.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (2.7 above their season average).