Betting on today’s Bobcats and Vandals game? Catch the action at ICCU Arena in Moscow, ID, as the Vandals hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. This Big Sky conference matchup has an over/under of 142.5 points, and Idaho is favored to win by -1.5 at home vs. Montana State.

MONTANA STATE BOBCATS VS IDAHO VANDALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho Vandals -1.5

This game will be played at ICCU Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.

WHY BET THE IDAHO VANDALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Vandals.
  • Not only will Idaho pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Bobcats Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Montana State is 12-16 overall and 7-8 in Big Sky play. They have gone 5-10 as the underdog compared to 5-5 as the favorite. The Bobcats have lost their last four road games and are 3-9 on the road this year.

Over their last 10 games on the road, Montana State is just 2-8. In their most recent game, they lost to Sacramento State by a score of 66-63. For the season, they have been outscored by an average of 8.3 points per game on the road.

Montana State’s ATS record this season is 11-14. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-6 and over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Bobcats are 8-7 vs. the spread this year and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have an ATS record of 6-4.

Over their last three games, the over/under record for Montana State is 1-2 and their games have averaged 141 points. So far this season, their over/under record is 13-12 and their games have averaged 146.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than their season average of 143.1. Currently, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 142.5.

Against Sacramento State, the Montana State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 73.6 points per game. They scored 63 points and posted a field goal percentage of 41.2% in the game. The team’s top scorer is Robert Ford, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.3, while Brandon Walker also maintains a PPG average of 13.9 leading up to the game.

So far, the Bobcats’ defense is ranked 221st in the country at 74.1 points per contest. The Montana State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed Sacramento State to connect on 7 threes.

Will the Idaho Defense Show Up at Home?

Idaho comes into this game as 1.5-point favorites, and they have gone 3-1 in their four games as the favorite this season. They are 11-17 overall, including a 5-10 mark in Big Sky play.

The Vandals are 4-8 at home this season, and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home. Most recently, they beat Northern Arizona by a score of 86-76.

As the favorite this season, Idaho has gone 2-1-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Vandals have a mark of 4-5-1 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Idaho’s games this season (140.8). So far, 18 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

The Idaho offense is coming off a game where they scored 86 points against Northern Arizona. They posted a field goal percentage of 47.6% and connected on 5 threes. Offensively, the Vandals have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 206th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 227th in percentage and 168th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Vandals’ defense is nationally ranked 144th, allowing 71.1 points per game. So far, the Idaho defense is giving up an average of 7.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.4 times per game (449th).