Idaho vs Portland State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/4/24

Portland State (16-14) vs Idaho (11-19)

Game Info: Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00 pm (The Viking Pavilion)

Betting Odds: Portland State Vikings -6 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Idaho Vandals and the Portland State Vikings meet Monday in college basketball action from Stott Center. Idaho is 11-19 overall this year after a loss to Montana. As for Portland State, they’re 16-14 and coming off a loss to Sacramento State. Let’s get into our Idaho vs. Portland State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Idaho Vandals

The Vandals posted a 9-14 run over their first 25 games this year. Idaho is just 2-5 since then, however. In that span, the Vandals have beaten only Idaho State and Northern Arizona. The losses otherwise were to Eastern Washington, Weber State, Northern Colorado, Montana State and Montana.

In the Montana game on Saturday, the Vandals came into the second half trailing 41-29. Idaho didn’t get any closer from there on a 39-28 run and took the blowout result 80-57. EJ Neal came off the bench to lead the team on 15 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists.

Portland State Vikings

Over on the Portland side, they were 14-8 at the 22-game mark. Things haven’t gone well since then on a 2-6 stretch, though. The losses over those eight games were versus Eastern Washington, Weber State, Idaho State, Montana State, Montana and Sacramento State.

In the Hornets matchup over the weekend, the Vikings were trailing 34-20 in the locker room. Portland State got slightly better from there on a 41-39 run but still took the loss 73-61. KJ Allen was the only one on the team in double-figures with 10 points and five rebounds.

ANDREW’S FREE IDAHO VS PORTLAND STATE PREDICTION

I’ll take a stab on Portland State. Probably not touching this one, though; there’s not much to get excited about. Portland State posted a rough game versus a struggling Sacramento State team in their last outing, shooting just 32.3 percent from the field, 16.7 percent from 3-point range and 57.7 percent from the line. The rebounding (42) was good, but the Vikings also coughed up 16 turnovers.

If there’s good news for the Vikings, it’s that they were able to notch a 77-72 road win over the Vandals the last time these teams saw each other. Portland State closed strong in that one and took the victory despite a tepid 40.7 percent shooting. The Vikings really need to get their offense going in the rematch, but I think they’ve got a good shot at a cover.

Andrew’s Pick Portland State Vikings -6

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