Check out our free Sacramento State vs Idaho State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Pocatello. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Sacramento State vs Idaho State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Hornets vs Bengals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Sacramento State Hornets at Idaho State Bengals
  • Where: Pocatello at Reed Gym
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Sacramento State -2.5, SACST -147 | IDHST +118 O/U 131.5

Hornets Preview:

The Sacramento State Hornets will be looking to pick up their 19th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Hornets will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 4-6. So far, the Hornets have been favored 5 times, going 5-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Sacramento State as -2.5 point favorites.

Sacramento State’s leading scorer this season is Zach Chappell, who is averaging 15.39 points per contest. So far, Chappell has accounted for 22.37% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.83 rebounds per game and 2.11 assists. Callum McRae is the second leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 12.22 points per game. Between him and McRae, they are accounting for 40.1% of the team’s scoring.

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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%.

Bengals Preview:

Through 18 games, the Idaho State Bengals have an overall record of 6-12. Currently, the Bengals have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 4-4. So far, the Bengals have been the underdog 13 times, going 4-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Idaho State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brock Mackenzie who is averaging 12.94 points per game for the Bengals. Mackenzie is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bengals’ offensive game plan is the play of Miguel Tomley who has hit 39.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.44 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Idaho State this season, as they are currently ranked 397th in college basketball at 64.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bengals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.0%, placing them 417th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Idaho State Bengals +2.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Sacramento State Hornets are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate Idaho State putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Hornets as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bengals to cover.

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