When looking at its 8-13 record, it’s easy to dismiss Idaho’s men’s basketball team.

However, the Vandals are one win away from their best season under fourth-year coach Zac Claus. With 10 games remaining, Idaho should be able to better the 9-22 mark last season’s team had, the best under Claus. That could be a big deal for Claus, who is in the final year of his contract.

Idaho is coming off a three-game run where it notched significant victories against Montana State, the No. 2 team in the Big Sky Conference, and Northern Arizona on the road. The Vandals’ 88-83 win against the Lumberjacks was their first win in Flagstaff, Ariz., since 2018.

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