Idaho State Bengals vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Prediction, 1/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Idaho State Bengals vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Location: J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Idaho State (+3)
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-6) play the Idaho State Bengals (4-5) at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome on Thursday. The line on this contest has Northern Arizona as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 135.5.
Idaho State steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 4-5 this year. The Bengals are connecting on 35.6% on three-point shots (67 of 188) and 72.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.6 points per contest (205th in D-1) while hitting 46.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 17.7 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Idaho State is snagging 38.1 rebounds per contest and has 116 dimes for the season, which ranks 166th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Bengals are able to force 14.0 turnovers every game and they draw 19.9 personal fouls. The Bengals defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.7% (202 of 496) and they relinquish 27.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are 96th in college hoops in giving up assists with 87 surrendered this season. They are giving up 30.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 27th in college basketball in opponents points per game (61.1).
The Idaho State Bengals took the court against the Northern Colorado Bears and went home with a win by a final score of 71-56 in their last contest. Idaho State ended with a 57.1% FG percentage (24 out of 42) and converted 3 out of their 9 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bengals knocked down 20 of 27 tries for a percentage of 74.1%. In reference to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 32 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 dimes in this matchup as well as earning 6 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning defending, Idaho State allowed their opponent to shoot 57.1% from the floor on 24 out of 42 shooting. Northern Colorado distributed 3 assists and had 9 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Bears pulled down 25 rebounds (10 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Northern Colorado finished shooting 62.5% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 24 attempts. They converted 1 out of their 11 attempts from distance.
Brayden Parker is a guy who was a factor for the game. He was able to score 26 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He played 24 mins and snagged 6 rebounds. Parker finished the game at 61.5% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Bengals was Tarik Cool. He snagged 3 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He finished the game at 71.4% from the floor in this game by going 5-of-7 (13 points). Overall, Cool played for 33 min.
Northern Arizona has a win-loss mark of 3-6 so far this season. Northern Arizona has accumulated 571 points this year (63.4 per game) and they average 28.7 rebounds per contest. The Lumberjacks commit 17.8 personal fouls every game and they go 70.7% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Lumberjacks are shooting 39.5% from the floor, which is ranked 323rd in Division 1. They are earning an assist 10.0 times per contest (326th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 11.4 times per game. The Lumberjacks on the defensive end are ranked 307th in the country in PPG surrendered with 78.6. They are able to force 11.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 53.7% from the field (343rd in Division 1). The Northern Arizona defense concedes 40.7% on shots from distance (79 of 194) and their opposition knocks down 65.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 16.7 dimes and 35.9 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 325th and 204th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks got the victory with a final of 83-78 when they faced the Idaho Vandals. The Lumberjacks were able to pull down 24 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the game. They also stuffed 2 shots while getting 11 steals for the game. The Vandals had 17 fouls in this matchup which got the Lumberjacks to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 83.3%. In regard to three-point attempts, Northern Arizona made 10 of 25 attempts (40.0%). Overall, the Lumberjacks went 29 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.8%. The Lumberjacks allowed the Vandals to make 29 out of their 57 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 50.9% in the matchup. They finished shooting 38.1% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 8 out of 21 and ended up going 12 of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). Concerning rebounding, Northern Arizona allowed Idaho to pull down 30 overall (4 on the offensive glass).
Cameron Shelton was important for the Lumberjacks for the contest. He made 10 of 22 in this matchup giving him a rate of 45.5%, which had him sitting at 30 points. Shelton snagged 6 boards in his 43 minutes and tallied 7 dimes for the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Northern Arizona was Nik Mains. He walked away with 16 points in 31 minutes played via 5 out of 10 from the floor for the matchup. Mains ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Northern Arizona (-3) and over 135.5 points
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