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Idaho vs Sacramento State 1/5/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Sacramento State Hornets (8-6) vs. Idaho Vandals (6-9)
January 5, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Idaho Vandals +1.5 / Sacramento State Hornets -1.5; Over/Under: +134.5
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The Sacramento State Hornets and Idaho Vandals meet Thursday in college basketball action at the ICCU Arena. The Sacramento State Hornets look for their ninth win. The Idaho Vandals look for their seventh win.

The Sacramento State Hornets are averaging 61.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 60.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Cameron Wilbon is averaging 12.5 points and 5 rebounds, while Callum McRae is averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Zach Chappell is the third double-digit scorer and Akol Mawein is dishing 0.8 assists. The Sacramento State Hornets are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 59.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento State Hornets are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.

The Idaho Vandals are averaging 80.1 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 44 percent shooting. Isaac Jones is averaging 19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds, while Divant’e Moffitt is averaging 16.8 points and 5.4 assists. Terren Frank is the third double-digit scorer and Yusef Salih is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Idaho Vandals are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho Vandals are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game.

The Hornets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vandals are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 8-2 in Hornets last 10 Thursday games. The over is 7-3 in Vandals last 10 overall. The favorite is 4-0-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

This line is a bit strange to me as you can make an argument the Idaho Vandals have been the better team this season even though they have a couple of fewer wins. Idaho also plays its best at home, where it wins by an average of 24.9 points and while allowing 39.4 percent shooting. Idaho is a feisty, competitive bunch, and the home team has won 7 of the last 9 meetings. Give me the free bucket.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Idaho Vandals +1.5

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