Idaho State vs. Sacramento State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Sacramento State Hornets (11-10) at Idaho State Bengals (6-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)
The Line: Idaho State Bengals +2 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to Reed Gym to take on the Idaho State Bengals this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Sacramento State Hornets lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 11-10 (4-8 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Weber State Wildcats, 70-66, this past Thursday night. Sacramento State struggled defensively against Weber State and although they made it game late, the Hornets couldn’t come away with a victory after being held scoreless over the final 1:25 of regulation. Sacramento State allowed Weber State to shoot 53.5% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hornets was Joshua Patton who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 60.4 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 4.6 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Joshua Patton (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Ethan Esposito (9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (8.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, Sacramento State is holding their opponents to an average of 57.9 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The Idaho State Bengals lost their 7th consecutive game and dropped to 6-15 (3-9 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 88-87 in OT, this past Thursday night. Idaho State allowed Northern Arizona to force OT on a Cameron Shelton lay-up with just :01 second left in regulation and could fight back after a Cameron Satterwhite jumper with :54 seconds left in OT gave the Lumberjacks the lead for good. Idaho State struggled defensively against Northern Arizona, allowing the Lumberjacks to shoot 54.5% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bengals was Malik Porter who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals.
On the season, Idaho State is averaging 69.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Tarik Cool (13.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), Chier Maker (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Jared Stutzman (10.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The Hornets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bengals are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog.
Sacramento State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and although their defense has been solid at keeping opponents off the scoreboard as the Hornets rank 4th in scoring defense, Sacramento State has really struggled offensively and come into this match-up ranked 342nd in scoring offense and 334th in FG%.
Idaho State has lost 9 of their last 10 games and have struggled on both ends of the court as the Bengals currently rank just T-234th in scoring offense, 235th in scoring defense, and 337th in defensive FG%.
Sacramento State has struggled as of late and currently have just a 2-8 record on the road, however, the Hornets are the better overall team and between he fact that Hornets defeated Idaho State by 19 points in early January and that I think their defense will once again gave the Bengals offense trouble, I’m taking Sacramento State to cover this small road spread.