BigSky foes will collide when the Eastern Washington Eagles (16-7, 9-3 BigSky) clash against the Idaho Vandals (6-17, 2-10 BigSky) at Reese Court. Action starts at 10:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Idaho Vandals vs. Eastern Washington Eagles Betting Preview
In the Vandals’ last contest, they fell to the Montana Grizzlies, 82-71. Idaho’s Trevon Allen had a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 36 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Montana held the Vandals to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.5 (below their season average of 23.7). Idaho, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-24; 70.8 percent).
The Eagles hope to maintain momentum after thoroughly outplaying the Montana State Bobcats in their last game, 74-49. Eastern Washington was lifted by Mason Peatling, who was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Eastern Washington played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.548 (above their season average of 0.535) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6 (below their season average of 27.7). For those same stats, Montana State was 0.259 and 20.8, respectively.
Eastern Washington could have trouble getting to the free throw line in this contest. The Eagles currently rank 287th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.197, while Idaho ranks 51st in FTA rate allowed (0.183).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Eagles won 78-75. Eastern Washington’s effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Idaho. The Eagles had a rate of 0.604 while the Vandals posted a mark of 0.492. Kim Aiken Jr. had a stellar game, with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Idaho Vandals at Eastern Washington Eagles Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Eastern Washington, ATS Winner – Eastern Washington, O/U – Under
The Eagles average 7.6 steals per game, which ranks 58th in the nation. The Vandals rank 149th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Eastern Washington ranks 57th in blocked shots (4.0 per game) while Idaho ranks 103rd in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Eastern Washington ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Idaho ranks 292nd (14.7).
The Eagles rank fifth in assists per game (17.6) while the Vandals rank 195th (12.1).
Eastern Washington ranks 46th in rebounds per game (38.7) while Idaho ranks 213th (34.0).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.2, down from 7.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Vandals have scored an average of 61.0 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (1.0 above their season average).