Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Vandals versus the Bobcats? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, MT. The odds for this Big Sky conference game currently have Montana State as the -8.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 142.5 points.


The Pick: Idaho Vandals +8.5

This game will be played at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at 8:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Even though we have Montana State winning straight-up, we like Idaho at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Vandals Lock in a Road Win?

Idaho enters tonight's game as a massive 8.5-point underdog, and they have gone just 2-13 in games when they are the underdog. Overall, the Vandals have lost eight straight games, and their record now stands at 7-14.

On the road, Idaho has gone just 2-7 this season, and they have lost five straight games away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -13.6 points per game, and over their last 10 road games, they have gone just 2-8.

As the underdog this season, Idaho has gone just 4-11 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Vandals have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread. On the road this year, Idaho has gone 3-6 vs. the spread and their last 10 road games have resulted in a 3-7 ATS mark.

So far this season, the over/under record for Idaho is 10-8-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 141.2 points, which is very close to the average over/under line in their games of 141.1. Today's over/under line is set at 142.5. Over their last three games, the OU record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 145 points.

The Idaho offense is coming off a game where they scored 70 points against Montana. They posted a field goal percentage of 50.9% and connected on 9 threes. The top scorer for the Vandals was Quinn Denker with 20 points, while Julius Mims also chipped in with 15 points.

At this time, the Vandals' defense is positioned 165th in the country, permitting 71.9 points per game. The Idaho defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Montana to connect on 8 threes.

Pressure Builds for Montana State as Home Favorites

Montana State enters this game with an 11-11 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Big Sky play. They are 6-4 at home this season, and they have won two straight games at home.

As an underdog, the Bobcats have gone 5-8 this season, and they have been the favorite in six games, going 4-2 in those contests. Montana State's average scoring margin at home this season is +3.4 points per game.

Montana State has an ATS record of 9-10 this season and they are 4-6 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bobcats have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, Montana State games have an over/under record of 11-8 and today's line of 142.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (142.7). So far, 13 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today's line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and the over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-3.

Coming off their recent game, the Montana State offense tallied 70 points in a matchup against Eastern Washington. Their field goal percentage for the game was 36.9%, and they made 9 threes. Robert Ford is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 15.4. Meanwhile, Brian Goracke also brings a PPG average of 15.3 into the game.

The Bobcats' defense is presently ranked 213rd nationally, allowing an average of 73.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Montana State's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.9% this season.