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NCAA hoops odds preview - Idaho vs. Boise State

Idaho VandalsBoise State Broncos
Dec 31, 2:00 PM | Idaho Center

Idaho Vandals vs Boise State Broncos Odds


The visiting Vandals hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Idaho Center against the Boise State Broncos.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Idaho Center.

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

View Idaho vs Boise State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 211-ranked Broncos and the No. 127-rated Vandals in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-76 win for the Broncos on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Vandals is ranked No. 109 in NCAA hoops at 36.8 per game. Contrast that with Boise State’s No. 164 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Boise State is the No. 17-ranked team in the country at 8.8 per game, while Idaho rates No. 144 at 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Idaho features the nation's No. 91-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.4 points per game. Boise State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.

Idaho lost its last outing, a 63-61 result against Wisc-Green Bay on December 22. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Idaho suffered a 63-61 loss against Wisc-Green Bay on Thursday, getting 16 points from Djim Bandoumel in a losing effort at Resch Center.

Boise State was an 81-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Iowa. They failed to cover the 5.5–point spread as underdogs. Kenny Buckner scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Broncos to a win (they lost 81-72 to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday).

Idaho Vandals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-2
Before playing Nevada are 7-3
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 1-0
After a loss are 7-3

Boise State Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-3
Before playing Fresno State are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Vandals at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boise State's last 7 games when playing Idaho
Boise State is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing Idaho
Boise State is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Boise State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Idaho home to Nevada, Thursday, January 5
Boise State at Fresno State, Monday, January 2