Idaho vs Northern Arizona Pick - Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/18/23

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Idaho Vandals meet Saturday in college basketball action from ICCU Arena. Northern Arizona played Eastern Washington in their last matchup on Thursday. In that game the Lumberjacks lost by 17 points. As for Idaho, they’re coming off a Thursday game versus Northern Colorado. The Vandals managed to win that game by two points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 

Northern Arizona didn’t get off to a great start this year, hitting a 5-15 run over their first 20 games. The Lumberjacks went 2-5 over the next seven with losses to Eastern Washington, Montana State, Montana, Idaho State and Portland State. 

In the Eastern Washington matchup on Thursday, the Lumberjacks were outscored 34-22 in the first half and 38-33 in the second for a 72-55 defeat. Carson Towt and Jalen Cone each scored 12 points to top the team in the loss. 

Idaho Vandals 

Over on the Vandals’ side, they held a rough 6-12 record in their first 18 games of the year. Idaho didn’t play well over the next eight games with losses to Northern Colorado, Weber State, Idaho State, Portland State and Eastern Washington for a 3-5 run. 

Matched up against Northern Colorado on Thursday, the Vandals were down 36-32 at the break. Idaho hit a 52-46 run from there and won the game 84-82. Leading scorer Divant’e Moffitt put up 35 points with six rebounds and six assists. 


I’ll probably stick with Idaho. Granted, both teams are struggling and there’s not a ton of intrigue here. The Vandals are fresh off a gritty home win over a struggling Northern Colorado team and they’ve now won two of their last three outings. These teams last met up back on January 19 at Findlay Toyota Center in an 88-83 Vandals win. Idaho posted a 47-36 edge in the first half there and held on the rest of the way. I like the Vandals to repeat the feat in the home rematch with a cover, but I’m probably staying away from this one. 

Andrew Jett's Free Pick:Idaho Vandals -2.5