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Idaho State Bengals face North Dakota Sioux: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Idaho State BengalsNorth Dakota Sioux
5-6January 09, 2014, 08:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center4-8

Betty Engelstad Sioux Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host North Dakota Sioux and the visiting Idaho State Bengals in college hoops action on Thursday.

Supporters of the Bengals have watched them go 5-6 and 4-2 ATS on the year, while the Sioux are at 4-8 and 2-7-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Sioux are 6-4, while the Bengals have a 4-2 mark.

View Idaho State Bengals vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with North Dakota in this one found them as -5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 245 and the Bengals at No. 238 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Idaho State was an 83-72 winner at home against Eastern Washington. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Idaho State got 27 points from Andre Hatchett en route to an 83-72 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday at Holt Arena.

Last time out for North Dakota, they were a 65-61 winner as they battled Southern Utah at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 17.5-point favorite. The Sioux got a 25-point performance from Troy Huff, who added 11 rebounds, as North Dakota ran past Southern Utah 65-61 on Thursday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bengals is ranked No. 199 in NCAA hoops at 34.09 per game. Contrast that with North Dakota’s No. 234 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, North Dakota is the No. 130-ranked team in the country at 6.08 per game, while Idaho State rates No. 162 at 5.73 per game.

A few Bengals at Sioux trends to consider:
Idaho State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Idaho State is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
North Dakota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
North Dakota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Idaho State at Northern Colorado, Saturday, January 11th
North Dakota at Weber State, Saturday, January 11th