Northern Arizona vs. Idaho Big Sky Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023
The No. 9 seed Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (9-22, 5-13 Big Sky) and the No. 10 seed Idaho Vandals (10-21, 4-14 Big Sky) will look to advance in the Big Sky tournament on Saturday as they meet in the conference tournament at 7:30 PM on ESPN+. Northern Arizona is listed as a 3-point favorite to win this contest and advance closer to an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total is set at 141.5 in the matchup.
Northern Arizona vs. Idaho Odds
- Northern Arizona odds to win: -158
- Idaho odds to win: +135
- Spread: Northern Arizona (-3)
- Total: 141.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Boise, Idaho
- Venue: Idaho Central Arena
Who Will Win Northern Arizona vs. Idaho?
Northern Arizona and Idaho Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Northern Arizona has not yet covered the spread as favorites of 3 points or more this season (0-3).
In games it has played as at least a 3-point underdog this season, Idaho is 10-10-1 against the spread.
These two teams average 145.5 points per game combined, four more than the total of 141.5.
Northern Arizona and Idaho have seen its opponents average a combined 5.2 more points per game than the over/under of 141.5 set in this matchup.
Northern Arizona’s average total in matchups this year has been 146.9, 5.4 points higher than the over/under in this particular game.
Vandals games this year have averaged a total of 145.3 points, 3.8 more than the point total in this matchup.
The Lumberjacks are 17-12-0 against the spread this season.
The Vandals have gone 13-15-1 ATS this season.
Northern Arizona Stats & Insights
Northern Arizona has been outscored by 1.7 points per game (scoring 72.6 per game to rank 161st in college basketball while giving up 74.3 per outing to rank 300th in college basketball) and has a -51 scoring differential overall.
Northern Arizona ranks 258th in college basketball at 30.5 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 31 its opponents average.
The Lumberjacks knock down 8.3 three-pointers per game (76th in college basketball) at a 35.8% rate (89th in college basketball), compared to the 7.5 their opponents make while shooting 34.9% from beyond the arc.
Northern Arizona averages 95.3 points per 100 possessions on offense (140th in college basketball), and gives up 97.4 points per 100 possessions (325th in college basketball).
The Lumberjacks are posting 78.6 points per game this season in home games, which is 9.7 more points than they’re averaging when playing on the road (68.9).
Idaho Stats & Insights
Idaho puts up 72.9 points per game (153rd in college basketball) while allowing 72.4 per contest (249th in college basketball). It has a +14 scoring differential.
Idaho grabs 27.9 rebounds per game (348th in college basketball) while conceding 30.9 per contest to opponents. It is outrebounded by three boards per game.
Idaho connects on 6.8 three-pointers per game (244th in college basketball) at a 33.9% rate (199th in college basketball), compared to the 6.7 its opponents make, shooting 37.5% from beyond the arc.
Idaho averages 98.7 points per 100 possessions on offense (56th in college basketball), and concedes 98.1 points per 100 possessions (334th in college basketball).
The Vandals score 76.2 points per game at home, and 69.3 away.
Northern Arizona Key Players to Watch
Carson Towt leads the Lumberjacks in rebounds and assists. Towt averages 9.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.
Northern Arizona’s leading scorer is Jalen Cole, who drops 17.3 points a game in addition to his 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Cone leads the Lumberjacks in three-point shooting, making an average of 2.9 shots per game from beyond the arc.
The Northern Arizona steals leader is Xavier Fuller, who averages 0.9 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Nik Mains, who compiles 0.3 rejections per contest.
Idaho Key Players to Watch
The Vandals’ leader in scoring and rebounding is Isaac Jones with 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Divant’e Moffitt’s assist statline paces Idaho; he records five assists per game.
Yusef Salih is the top scorer from distance for the Vandals, hitting 1.5 threes per game.
Idaho’s leader in steals is Moffitt with 0.8 per game, and its leader in blocks is Jones with 1.1 per game.
Northern Arizona vs. Idaho Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Northern Arizona (-3)
- Pick OU:
Northern Arizona 74, Idaho 71
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