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Eastern Washington vs. Idaho - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho Vandals (10-6) at Eastern Washington Eagles (8-9)

College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Reese Court)

The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Big Sky college basketball action on tap Friday, as the Idaho Vandals take on the Eastern Washington Eagles. 

The Idaho Vandals will try to muster up some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games, including a 73-72 loss to Portland State in their last outing. Victor Sanders led the team with 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting with 3 triples, while Chad Sherwood added 5 threes as the only other Vandal to score in double figures in the loss. Brayon Blake added 9 points and 13 rebounds, while Perrion Callandret chipped in 6 points with team-highs of 4 assists and 3 steals in the losing effort. Sanders leads Idaho in scoring with 19.6 points per game, while Blake leads the Vandals on the glass with 9.6 rebounds per game and Callandret is the team’s top assist man with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Idaho is scoring 72.8 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 41.5% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season. 

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Eastern Washington vs. Idaho - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Washington Eagles will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 5 of 6 after an 82-67 victory over Sacramento State in their last outing. Cody Benzel led the team with 25 points on 7 of 10 from behind the arc and a 4 for 4 mark from the free throw line. Benas Griciunas came 2nd with 16 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor with 3 blocks, while Jack Perry added 14 points and 6 assists. Mason Peatling chipped in 12 points in 13 minutes, while Sir Washington added 10 points to round out the double digit scoring for the Eagles in the win. Bogdan Bliznyuk score just 2 points but led the team with 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. Bliznyuk still leads the team with an average of 18.5 points and 3.6 assists per game, while Jesse Hunt leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 boards per game this season. As a team, Eastern Washington is scoring 75.8 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 76% from the foul line this season.

Idaho is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Eastern Washington is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 conference matchups. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams. 

Every time I go against Idaho I get burned, but lately, every time I back the Vandals I get the same result. Eastern Washington on the other hand, may not have the best record straight up, but they’ve been winning games as of late and have been a covering machine over the last 3 weeks, so considering the home team’s bulk of the success in this matchup, I’ll lay the points with Eastern Washington in this one.

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