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NCAAB Game Preview - Bobcats underdogs vs Vandals at Idaho

Montana State BobcatsIdaho Vandals
Nov 26, 10:05 PM | Cowan Spectrum

Montana State Bobcats vs Idaho Vandals Odds


The Vandals will try to cover the spread at Cowan Spectrum on Saturday when they get a visit from the Montana State Bobcats in college basketball action.

This season, the Vandals are 2-2 overall and 2-0 ATS ATS, while the Bobcats are 2-2 and 2-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Idaho boasts a 0-2 on the OU, and Montana State is 2-0.

View Montana State vs Idaho Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Vandals as 9-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Vandals and the No. 238-rated Bobcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 81-74 win for the Bobcats on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Idaho's No. 201 nationally ranked offense (67.5 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 262 at 72 PPG. The Vandals have been averaging 48.8% from the field, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (47.2% on average).

Defensively, Montana State features the nation's No. 184-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Idaho, meanwhile, comes in at No. 118 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Montana State was an 85-73 loser at home against Seattle. The Bobcats got 17 points from Xavier Johnson-Blount, but it was Seattle that prevailed in an 85-73 final on Tuesday at Worthington Arena.

Idaho was an 80-75 winner in their most recent outing at home against Lewis-Clark St.. Kyle Barone scored 19 points leading the Vandals to an 80-75 victory over Lewis-Clark St. at Cowan Spectrum on Wednesday.

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing San Jose State are 2-3
After playing Seattle are 0-1
After a loss are 3-7

Idaho Vandals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Eastern Washington are 2-8
After playing Lewis-Clark St. are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Bobcats at Vandals trends to consider:
Montana State is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Idaho is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Idaho is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Idaho is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montana State

Next up:
Montana State at San Jose State, Monday, November 28
Idaho home to Eastern Washington, Wednesday, November 30