|Vandals host Bakersfield|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho men’s basketball team will look to get over the hump when it hosts Bakersfield in Western Athletic Conference action at 7 p.m. in the Cowan Spectrum on Jan. 18.
Idaho has been everything but victorious on the Spectrum floor this season, losing its five games in the building by an average of 3.0 points per game, including two one-point heartbreakers. None of those losses were by more than a two-possession margin.
The Vandals enter Saturday’s game at 7-12 overall and 1-4 in the WAC, while Bakersfield is 8-9 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
Idaho senior Stephen Madison is coming off his sixth 20-plus point outing of the season after he scored 21 points against Utah Valley on Thursday. The Portland, Ore., native ranks second in the WAC in points and rebounds with 17.4 points per game and 7.9 rebounds. He is also Idaho’s leader in assists (2.4), field goal percentage (45.5), blocks (0.58) and steals (0.74).
The Roadrunners are coming off a 61-57 win at Seattle U on Jan. 16. Bakersfield is the WAC’s best 3--point shooting team, leading the conference with 7.9 made 3s per game and a 40.5 3-point field goal percentage. Issiah Grayson, the team’s leading scorer with 14.4 points per game, is responsible for 37 of Bakersfield’s 135 3-pointers this season while Javonte Maynor has connected on a team-best 44 long balls.
Idaho owns a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against Bakersfield. The last time the two teams got together, Idaho cruised to a 77-44 win in the Cowan Spectrum on Dec. 17, 2011. The Vandals shot 56.0 percent from the field (28-of-50) and held the Roadrunners to 26.9 percent (18-of-67) and 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from 3-point range. Connor Hill, Joe Kammerer and Stephen Madison are the only current Vandals who played in that game. Madison led that trio with nine points, while Hill added six and Kammerer chipped in with four off the bench.
The game will be broadcast throughout Idaho and Eastern Washington on the Vandal Radio Network and online through VandalXTRA. Live stats and a live video stream will be available at www.GoVandals.com. Idaho will be on the road for a single game next week, facing Grand Canyon on Jan. 23 before returning to Moscow for three straight games, hosting Seattle U (Feb. 1), New Mexico State (Feb. 6) and Texas-Pan American (Feb. 8).