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Northern Arizona vs. Idaho - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho Vandals (11-12) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (13-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Walkup Skydome)

The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Idaho Vandals and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks play Thursday at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

The Idaho Vandals hope to get back to .500 after winning four of their last six games. On the season, Idaho is averaging 76.8 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 77.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Connor Hill is averaging 15.8 points and two rebounds while Mike Scott is averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 assists. Sekou Wiggs is the third double-digit scorer and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Idaho Vandals have five players averaging at least 7.9 points, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 42.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Idaho is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in 10 of its last 11 games.

Northern Arizona vs. Idaho - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have won five of their last six games and are chasing a Big Sky title. On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 67.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Quinton Upshur is averaging 15.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while Aaseem Dixon is averaging 12.6 points and 2.5 assists. Kris Yanku is dishing 4.5 assists and Ako Kaluna is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have four players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the line and 35.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last seven games.

The Vandals are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big Sky and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lumberjacks are 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

The Idaho Vandals have crushed the Big Sky ATS for quite some time and have been playing some of their best ball of the season currently. In a game between two hot teams, I'm taking the points. 

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Idaho Vandals +5

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