Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Mavericks and Bengals. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Bengals at Holt Arena in Pocatello, ID. Get ready to place your bets! This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 138 points, and the Bengals are favored to win at home vs. the Mavericks.


The Pick: Idaho State Bengals -2

This game will be played at Holt Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-65 in favor of the Bengals.
  • Not only will Idaho State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Omaha Make it Happen on the Road?

Omaha comes into this game as the underdog, with a record of 8-8 on the season. They have gone 2-6 on the road this year, and have an average scoring margin of -7.4 points per game on the road.

In their last game, the Mavericks took on Northern Arizona and came away with an 81-55 victory. Over their last ten road games, Omaha has gone just 3-7.

As the underdog this season, Omaha has gone 5-3 against the spread and they have an overall ATS mark of 7-5. On the road, the Mavericks are 5-3 vs. the spread and over their last 10 road games, they have gone 7-3 ATS. In their last three road games, Omaha is 1-2 vs. the spread and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have gone 6-4 ATS.

Omaha's over/under record this season is 5-7 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.8 points. Today's over/under line of 138 points is lower than their season average over/under line of 145.4. So far, 5 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 143 points.

Omaha's offense is coming off a good game, putting up 81 points vs. Northern Arizona. Overall, they hit 54.3% of their shots from the field and went 26/36 from the free-throw line. Frankie Fidler led the team in scoring, putting up 22 points. Additionally, Tony Osburn contributed 14 points for the Mavericks.

Coming into today's game, the Omaha defense is giving up an average of 69.1 points per contest. So far, the Omaha defense is giving up an average of 7.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.4 times per game (413rd).

Will Idaho State Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Idaho State will be the favorite in this matchup, and they are favored by 2 points. So far this season, the Bengals have gone 4-10 and have lost their last five games. In their last game, they faced Montana and lost by a score of 76-68.

At home this season, Idaho State has gone just 1-2, and over their last 10 home games, they are 5-5. Over their last five games at home, the Bengals are 3-2.

Idaho State has an overall ATS record of 3-8 this season and they are 0-3 vs. the spread at home. As the favorite, the Bengals are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games and they have gone 0-2 vs. the spread this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Idaho State is 7-2-2. Today's over/under line of 138 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (133.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points and the over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-1-2.

In their previous game, the Bengals' offense finished with 68 points, which is right in line with their current average of 69.1 points per contest. Offensively, the Bengals have a season long field goal percentage of 47%, which is 111st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 311st in percentage and 301st in three-pointers made.

The Bengals' defense is presently ranked 114th nationally, allowing an average of 69.5 points per contest. Against Montana, the Bengals' defense gave up 76 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Montana only made 9 free-throws.