Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bengals and Vandals. The game is starting at 5:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Vandals at ICCU Arena in Moscow, ID. Get ready to place your bets! Idaho State is favored by -2 in this Big Sky conference matchup the against Idaho. The over/under for the game is set at 133 points.

IDAHO STATE BENGALS VS IDAHO VANDALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho Vandals +2

This game will be played at ICCU Arena at 5:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

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 +2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can Idaho State Lock in a Road Win?

Idaho State is 11-15 this season, including a 6-7 record in Big Sky Conference play. They are 4-12 on the road, and their average scoring margin away from home is -5.5 points per game.

So far, the Bengals have been favored in six games, going 5-1 in those contests. Their most recent game was an 88-82 loss to Eastern Washington.

As the favorite this season, Idaho State is just 2-4 vs. the spread. However, their ATS record on the road is 8-7-1 and they have gone 3-0 in their last three road games vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bengals are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 133 is lower than the average over/under line of 136.2 in Idaho State games this season. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

Coming off their recent game, the Idaho State offense tallied 82 points in a matchup against Eastern Washington. Their field goal percentage for the game was 53.8%, and they made 10 threes. In terms of offense, the Bengals have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 125th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 297th in percentage and 272nd in three-pointers made.

The Bengals’ defense is presently ranked 103rd nationally, allowing an average of 69.5 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Eastern Washington, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 64% and a total of 88 points vs. Idaho State.

Do the Vandals Have What it Takes at Home?

Idaho will look to snap their six-game home losing streak when they host Idaho State. The Vandals have gone 3-8 at home this season compared to 4-8 on the road.

Overall, Idaho has gone 9-16 this season, including a 3-9 mark in Big Sky play. They have lost their last two games and are just 4-15 when listed as the underdog.

As the underdog this season, Idaho has gone 8-11 against the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 10-12-1. At home, the Vandals are 4-6-1 vs. the spread this year and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Over their last three games as the underdog, Idaho is 3-0 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Idaho games is 12-9-2 and today’s line of 133 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (140.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 136 points. So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 133.

Coming off their recent game, the Idaho offense tallied 69 points in a matchup against Weber State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 56.2%, and they made 7 threes. Offensively, the Vandals hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 184th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 205th in terms of percentage and 149th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Vandals’ defense is nationally ranked 155th, allowing 71.5 points per game. Against Weber State, the Vandals’ defense gave up 70 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Weber State only made 8 free-throws.