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Idaho State vs. Northern Arizona - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-13) at Idaho State Bengals (7-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)

The Line: Idaho State Bengals -9 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will travel to Holt Arena to take on the Idaho State Bengals this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-13 (0-3 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Weber State Wildcats, 95-55, this past Thursday. Northern Arizona trailed by a 39-27 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a 25-6 Wildcats run to start the 2nd half gave Weber State a 64-33 lead with 11:23 left in regulation. Northern Arizona shot 31.6% from the field and 22.75 (5-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Chris Bowling who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 65.9 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Arizona has been led by Jojo Anderson (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Chris Bowling (9.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), Torry Johnson (8.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Gino Littles (6.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg). Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 80.8 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of -3.9.

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Idaho State vs. Northern Arizona - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Idaho State Bengals won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-6 (2-0 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 93-78, this past Thursday. Idaho State led by a 49-42 margin at halftime and pulled away from the Thunderbirds after a 12-2 run gave the Bengals an 80-66 lead with 4:23 left in regulation. Idaho State shot 58.8% from the field and 52.2% (12-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bengals was Brandon Boyd who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Jared Stutzman (14.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), Balint Mocsan (12.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Brandon Boyd (12.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Geno Luzcando (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3, 2.9 bpg). Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Lumberjacks are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss however, are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bengals are 7-0 TS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

It’s been a rough season for the Lumberjacks as they come into this matchup, losers of 6 of their last 7 games, and currently rank just 327th in scoring offense and 329th in scoring defense. Idaho State has played well during their 3-game winning streak and currently rank 226th in scoring offense, 83rd in 3P-FG%, and 165th in scoring defense. This is a lot of points for Idaho State to cover, however, I just don’t see how I can take this Northern Arizona team on the road. I’m taking Idaho State to cover this spread. 

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