Vandals open as college hoops underdog vs Bulldogs

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Jan 17, 7:00 PM | Thomas Center

Idaho Vandals vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs host Idaho on Thursday, looking to build on their 14-3 mark against the 6-9 Vandals in college hoops action at Thomas Center.

Supporters of the Vandals have watched them go 6-9 and 7-6-1 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 14-3 and 9-4-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 4-6, while the Vandals have a 6-5 mark.

View Idaho vs Louisiana Tech Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Bulldogs in this one found them listed as 9.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Vandals was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 67-rated Bulldogs and the No. 110-ranked Vandals, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-69 result in favor of the Bulldogs.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Vandals is ranked No. 164 in NCAA hoops at 35.5 per game. Contrast that with Louisiana Tech’s No. 55 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisiana Tech is the No. 75-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Idaho rates No. 222 at 5.7 per game.

Defensively, Idaho features the nation's No. 166-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.9 points per game. Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, comes in at No. 121 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Idaho was a 71-70 loser at home against New Mexico State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Idaho got 18 points from Kyle Barone but lost anyway, 71-70, to New Mexico State on Saturday at Cowan Spectrum.

Louisiana Tech was a 73-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Texas-San Antonio. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Kenyon McNeail poured in a team-high 34 points for Louisiana Tech on Saturday, as they defeated Texas-San Antonio 73-71 at UTSA Convocation Center.

Idaho Vandals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing New Mexico State are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Seattle are 1-1
After playing Texas-San Antonio are 2-0
After a win are 8-2

A few Vandals at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Idaho is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Idaho is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisiana Tech
Idaho is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Idaho
Louisiana Tech is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing Idaho

Next up:
Idaho at Texas-Arlington, Saturday, January 19
Louisiana Tech home to Seattle, Saturday, January 19

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