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College basketball point spread favors Pilots in battle with Vandals

Idaho VandalsPortland Pilots
2-1November 21, 2013, 08:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center1-2

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Earle A. Chiles Center Thursday as host Portland looks to handle the Idaho Vandals in NCAA hoops action.

Portland battles the Vandals, currently sitting with a 2-1 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-1 for the Pilots and 0-0 for the Vandals.

View Idaho Vandals vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Pilots as -8.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Pilots sit at No. 235 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Vandals sit at No. 206 on the same chart.

Idaho won its last outing, a 78-64 result against Nw Nazarene on November 16. The Vandals grabbed a 78-64 win over the Crusaders on Saturday, behind a 22-point effort from Connor Hill at Cowan Spectrum.

Portland was an 82-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 23-point spread as underdogs. Portland got 12 points from Kevin Bailey but lost anyway, 82-67, to Michigan State on Monday at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 93-ranked offense, averaging 80 PPG, against a Vandals defense that ranks No. 138 at 70.67 PPG. The Pilots field goal percentage has averaged 45% so far, more than the Vandals marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.86% per game.

Next up:
Idaho home to North Texas, Friday, November 22nd
Portland at Columbia, Friday, November 22nd