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Idaho State Bengals vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks- 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (6-8) at Idaho State Bengals (6-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)

The Line: Idaho State Bengals -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to play the Idaho State Bengals in a Big Sky Conference Game on Saturday.

The Idaho State Bengals are 6-8 (1-1) and are coming off of a win against Northern Colorado by a score of 83-78. Idaho State led by 16 points at halftime and was able to hang on for the tight win in the second half. Geno Luzcando had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Idaho State. Ethan Telfair added 23 points and 2 rebounds for the Bengals. Idaho State out rebounded their opponent by a total of 38-27 and had 9 assists in their victory. Idaho State is averaging 73.4 points per game while giving up 78.9 points per game. Idaho State is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game. Ethan Telfair is averaging 15.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game, while Ali Faruq-Bey is averaging 15.3 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. Idaho State is shooting 71.7% on free throws, 35.5% on three-pointers, and 41.5% on all field goal attempts.

Idaho State Bengals vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks- 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are 6-8 (1-2) and are coming off of a loss to Weber State by a score of 74-62. North Dakota trailed by 12 points at halftime and couldn’t claw their way back into this one. Quinton Hooker had 23 points and 8 rebounds for North Dakota. Geno Crandall added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota was out rebounded by a total of 45-34 and had 8 assists in their defeat. North Dakota is averaging 69.4 points per game while giving up 70.1 points per game. North Dakota is also averaging 37.9 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game. Quinton Hooker is averaging 18.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game, while Geno Crandall is averaging 10.1 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. North Dakota is shooting 63.4% on free throws, 29.8% on three-pointers, and 4.3% on all field goal attempts.

North Dakota is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. North Dakota is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The under is 5-0 in North Dakota’s last 5 road games. Idaho State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games. Idaho State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 5-0 in Idaho State’s last 5 Saturday games.

Neither of these teams has impressed me this season and this could be an ugly game to watch. North Dakota plays in low scoring games, so they will look to keep the pace of the game slow. In this matchup, I have to side with the home team.

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Idaho State Bengals +.5

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