San Jose State Spartans vs. Idaho Vandals - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Idaho Vandals (0-0) vs. San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Event Center Arena)
The Line: Idaho Vandals -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Idaho Vandals open their season on the road at the San Jose Spartans Saturday night.
The Idaho Vandals won both of their exhibition games but we won’t really know what this team has or doesn’t have until they see San Jose State on Saturday. The experts have the Vandals penciled in near the bottom third of the Big Sky and that is based on the team losing four starters. Returning forward Arkadiy Mkrtychyan is the lone starter back after averaging around nine points and five rebounds while reserve guard Perrion Callandret brings back around seven points so some unknowns will need to contribute immediately for the Vandals to make an impact. In their two exhibition contests the Vandals dominated the paint and whether that carries over to the regular season remains to be seen.
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San Diego State has been the face of the Mountain West in recent years but could this be the year another team takes over the top spot? Possibly but that team won’t be the San Jose State Spartans who won a mere two of games a season ago. Most already have the Spartans finding home in the conference basement SJSU lost seven players from that team which means a team with two wins versus sub division squads will need somebody to step up which might be goo given what happened a year ago. The two players to watch will be Princeton Onwas who transferred and was forced to sit out a year while freshman Cody Schwartz has the talent to be a major factor on this team.
The over is 19-8-1 in Idaho’s last 29 Saturday games. San Jose State are 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 home games while the over is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. I guess we could make an argument for either team but I don’t know how good it could be. I’ll take the points but I would caution betting this for obvious reasons…