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#629 Idaho State 148 vs.
#630 Pepperdine -12
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Friday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Idaho State Bengals and the Pepperdine Waves. This will take place at the Firestone Fieldhouse.

Idaho State Looks To Get Over .500

The Idaho State Bengals have looked like an average college basketball team up to this point in the season. The Bengals have split their first six games and they will have the opportunity to get back over .500 with a road victory on Friday. In its last game, Idaho State destroyed a non-division one team by 59 points. In that game, Idaho State scored 102 points while shooting an insane 72.1% from the floor. Now, the Bengals will look for another solid offensive performance against a below-average division one defense.

Leading the Bengals offensively is junior guard Tarik Cool who has looked okay this season. He is averaging a team-high 13.2 points per game along with 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds. However, he has been pretty inefficient as he is shooting just 39.3% from the floor and 33.3% from the three-point line.

Idaho State's most underrated player is senior guard Jared Stutzman who has looked pretty good so far this season. He is averaging 12.3 points per game along with 3.2 rebounds. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient as he is shooting 51.0% from the floor and 40.0% from the three-point line.

Pepperdine Looks To Snap Losing Streak

The Pepperdine Waves have looked like a very underwhelming basketball team up to this point in the season. The Waves have lost six of their first nine games and they will have the opportunity to potentially turn around their season on Friday. To make matters worse, Pepperdine enters this game having lost each of its last five games as it will look to snap this losing streak at home. Luckily, Pepperdine is favored by double digits in this game so it should be able to get back to its winning ways on Friday.

Leading the Waves offensively is junior guard Colbey Ross who has looked great this season. He is averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game along with 7.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds. In addition, he is also shooting 92.0% from the free throw line so he has the ability to put games away late when he is presented with the opportunity.

Pepperdine's most underrated player is senior forward Kameron Edwards who has looked pretty good so far this season. He is averaging 17.3 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds. However, Edwards is also averaging 3.5 fouls per game and 2.5 turnovers per game so he will need to do a better job at limiting his mistakes in the future.

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Even though Idaho State has been pretty mediocre this season, Pepperdine is not good enough to be laying this many points on Friday night. Pepperdine has lost six of its first nine games and plays virtually no defense so I think that Idaho State should be able to keep this game within single digits. Idaho State is the better rebounding team in this game and I think that the Bengals should be able to generate enough second chance opportunities to prevent this game from turning into a blowout. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Idaho State +14

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Pepperdine is a great team for over bettors since it scores a lot and plays almost no defense. According to Kenpom rankings, Pepperdine is playing at the 75th-fastest pace in the entire country as it loves to turn each of its games into a track meet. Money has already started to come in on the over and I think that this line will close somewhere around 150 so there is value on this current number. This game should finish somewhere in the realm of 82-72 so I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 148

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Pepperdine has lost each of its last five games so I would not be surprised to see the Waves come out flat for the first 20 minutes of this game. Idaho State is the significantly better defensive team so I think that the Bengals should be able to get enough stops to keep this game within the number in the first 20 minutes. Pepperdine should be leading at the half but I think it will be closer to five points or so. As a result, give me the road team.

Prediction: Idaho State 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.