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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bengals underdogs vs Cougars at Washington State

Idaho State BengalsWashington State Cougars
Dec 29, 6:00 PM | Toyota Center, WA

Idaho State Bengals vs Washington State Cougars Odds

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Idaho State pays a visit to Washington State on Saturday, hoping to send the Cougars to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Toyota Center, WA.

The Cougars currently sports a 8-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-2 ATS. The Bengals are 1-9 and 5-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 2-5 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bengals have gone 0-4 against the number.

View Idaho State vs Washington State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Washington State opened as 16.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars sit at No. 191 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bengals sit at No. 211 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 64-47.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bengals is ranked No. 341 in NCAA hoops at 27.7 per game. Contrast that with Washington State’s No. 172 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Washington State is the No. 172-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Idaho State rates No. 303 at 4.5 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Idaho State owns the country's No. 40-rated mark, allowing 61.2 points per game on the highway. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 281 in scoring at home.

Idaho State lost its last outing, a 57-54 result against Eastern Washington on December 22. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. Idaho State suffered a 57-54 loss against Eastern Washington on Saturday, getting 14 points from Melvin Morgan in a losing effort at Reese Court.

Last time out for Washington State, they were a 65-54 winner as they battled Buffalo at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Cougars grabbed a 65-54 win over the Bulls on Friday, behind a 19-point effort from DaVonte Lacy at KeyArena.

Idaho State Bengals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing North Dakota are 0-2
After playing Eastern Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

A few Bengals at Cougars trends to consider:
Idaho State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Washington State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Idaho State home to North Dakota, Thursday, January 3
Washington State home to Washington, Saturday, January 5