The CSUN Matadors (1-10), who are currently on a 10-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Idaho State Bengals (4-6) to Matadome. Action begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
Idaho State Bengals at CSUN Matadors ATS Preview
In the Bengals last contest, they fell to the BYU Cougars, 85-71. Idaho State’s Geno Luzcando finished with 15 points and 10 assists in the contest. Getting to the free throw line was one of BYU’s biggest advantages. They had 29 free throw attempts, while Idaho State had just nine.
The Matadors are trying to rebound after their 66-61 loss to the Sacramento State Hornets in their last outing. Tavrion Dawson led CSUN in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Sacramento State had a free throw rate of 0.233 (above their season average of 0.205). CSUN, meanwhile, held the Hornets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 (below the 0.543 mark opponents have averaged against CSUN this season).
Idaho State could have a tough time creating turnovers. CSUN ranks 65th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while Idaho State forces the 193rd-most turnovers (19.2 percent).
These teams have already met once this season. The Bengals won 74-66. The Bengals 10.6 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Matadors, who had a rate of 22.4. In the victory, Balint Mocsan led all scorers with 23 points.
Idaho State Bengals vs. CSUN Matadors Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Idaho State, ATS Winner – Idaho State, O/U – Under
- Idaho State ranks 34th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while CSUN ranks 165th (5.2).
- The Bengals rank 161st in three pointers attempted per game (21.8) while the Matadors rank 275th (15.6).
- Idaho State ranks 219th in rebounds per game (33.4) while CSUN ranks 225th (33.2).
- The Matadors average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 15.2, up from 10.1 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Bengals have scored an average of 79.2 points per game (6.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (5.5 below their season average).