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Idaho vs. Idaho State - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho State Bengals (3-9) at Idaho Vandals (5-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Cowan Spectrum)

The Line: Idaho Vandals -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Idaho State Bengals and Idaho Vandals play New Years Day at the Cowan Spectrum.

The Idaho State Bengals have lost four straight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 57.2 points on 39.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Chris Hansen is averaging 15.8 points and 2.6 assists while Jeffrey Solarin is averaging 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds. Nnamdi Ezenwa is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Marcus Bradley is shooting 43.1 percent from the field. The Idaho State Bengals are one of the worst offensive teams in the country, as they’re shooting just 61.8 percent from the free throw line and 28 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Idaho State is forcing 11.7 turnovers per game and has allowed 69 or less points in five of its last six games. Idaho State is just 1-5 SU on the road this season.

Idaho vs. Idaho State - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Idaho Vandals have lost three of their last four games and play their first game in 10 days. On the season, Idaho is averaging 75.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 78.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Mike Scott is averaging 15.5 points and 5.4 assists while Connor Hill is averaging 14.4 points on 40 percent shooting. Sekou Wiggs is the third player averaging double-digit points and Bira Seck is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Idaho Vandals are an up tempo offensive team that’s shooting 72.3 percent from the line and 40.6 percent from downtown. Idaho has scored 74 or more points in seven of its last eight games. Defensively, Idaho is forcing 11 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 35.7 percent from deep.

The Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Vandals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Neither team has been all that great and all of Idaho's victories against D-1 comp have been decided by eight or less points. When you add in the fact this is a rivalry game, I'm taking the points here. 

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Idaho State Bengals +7.5

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