Idaho vs. Sacramento State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho vs. Sacramento State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento State Hornets (13-12) at Idaho Vandals (7-19)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome)

The Line: Idaho Vandals +5 -- Over/Under: 123 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to Cowan Spectrum to take on the Idaho Vandals this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Sacramento State Hornets dropped to 13-12 (6-10 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Washington Eagles, 77-76, this past Thursday night. Sacramento State fought back from 39-26 halftime deficit to take a 62-56 lead with 7:39 left in the regulation, however, the Hornets couldn’t hang on for the win after a 5-0 run gave the Eagles a 77-71 lead with just :07 seconds left in the game. Sacramento State shot 50.9% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hornets was Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

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On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 61.7 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 4.7 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Joshua Patton (12.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg), Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (10.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.7 spg), and Bryce Fowler (9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.3 apg).

Defensively, Sacramento State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.0 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Idaho Vandals lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 7-19 (3-12 Big Sky) on the season after being defeating by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 78-61, this past Thursday. Idaho struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 43-27 margin. Idaho allowed Northern Arizona to shoot 47.0% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Vandals was Marquell Fraser who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Idaho is averaging 65.9 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Vandals are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho has been led by Trevon Allen (20.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Scott Blakney (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and Marquell Fraser (7.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Defensively, Idaho is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Vandals have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Hornets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Idaho, however, are 7-5 ATS on the road this season. The Vandals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 0-6 SU in their last 6 games at home.

Sacramento State comes into this game led by their defense which comes into this game ranked 6th in scoring defense, 89th in defensive FG%, and 81st in rebound margin.

Idaho has lost 10 of their last 12 games and currently rank 309th in scoring offense, T-341st in three-pointers made per game, and 242nd in scoring defense.

Sacramento State has struggled on the road this season, coming into this match-up with just a 3-9 record, however, I think their defense is going to have success shutting down an Idaho offense that can really struggle to put up points. Sacramento State offense isn’t great, but as I think the Hornets will be able to put up some points agianst the Vandals, I think Sacramento State does enough to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

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