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Vikings open as college hoops underdog vs Bengals

Portland State VikingsIdaho State Bengals
5-4January 02, 2014, 09:05 | Holt Arena3-6

Holt Arena will host Idaho State Bengals vs. Portland State Vikings action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Bengals bring a 3-6 record (2-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-4 Vikings, who are 3-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Idaho State go 2-2 so far and the Vikings go 2-3.

View Portland State Vikings vs Idaho State Bengals Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bengals as -3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 283-rated Portland State taking on the No. 280-rated Bengals in this contest.

Idaho State was a 61-57 loser in its last match at home against CS Bakersfield. Idaho State got 17 points from Tomas Sanchez but lost anyway, 61-57, to CS Bakersfield on Saturday at Holt Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Idaho State has the nation's No. 161-rated offensive output, at 72.44 PPG. The visiting Vikings defense ranks No. 119 allowing on average 68.78 PPG. The Bengals FG% has averaged 45.55% so far, more than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.

A few Vikings at Bengals trends to consider:
Portland State is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
Portland State is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Portland State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Portland State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Idaho State
Idaho State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Idaho State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Portland State
Idaho State is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Portland State
Idaho State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland State

Next up:
Portland State at Weber State, Saturday, January 4th
Idaho State at Eastern Washington, Saturday, January 4th