Check out our free Sacramento State vs Idaho pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Moscow. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Sacramento State vs Idaho Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Hornets vs Vandals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Sacramento State Hornets at Idaho Vandals
- Where: Moscow at ICCU Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Sacramento State -1.5, SACST -125 | IDAHO +102 O/U 131.5
The Sacramento State will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 8-6. So far, the Hornets have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. This season, Sacramento State has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 2-0. For today’s contest, Sacramento State have a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Sacramento State’s leading scorer this season is Zach Chappell who is averaging 15.14 points per contest. So far, Chappell has accounted for 22.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.79 rebounds per game and 1.93 assists. Callum McRae is the second leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 11.79 points per game. Between him and McRae, they are accounting for 39.8% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Sacramento State will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Hornets are ranked 370th at 65.4 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 550th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Sacramento State is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Idaho heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-9. Currently, the Vandals have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 4-3. So far, the Vandals have been the underdog 11 times, going 3-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Isaac Jones comes into today’s game as the Vandals’ leading scorer at 18.43 points per contest. Not only has Jones been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Idaho’s top rebounder at 7.14 boards per contest. Behind Jones, the team has benefited from the strong play of Divant’e Moffitt who is second on the team in scoring at 16.47 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.7% of his shots and is adding 2.27 boards per game.
On offense, Idaho comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 267th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Vandals’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. So far, 37.79% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.2%.
Free Spread Prediction: Sacramento State Hornets -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Sacramento State Hornets to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although Sacramento State as a team is just 286th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Vandals’ defense. At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Hornets to come out on top and cover.