Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Antelopes and Thunderbirds. The game is starting at 8:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Thunderbirds at America First Events Center in Cedar City, UT. Get ready to place your bets! In this Western Athletic matchup, the Antelopes are the betting favorite against the Thunderbirds. The over/under for the game is 155.5 points.
GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES VS SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +9.5
This game will be played at America First Events Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-65 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
- Not only will Southern Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 155.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will the Antelopes Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?
The Grand Canyon team, who have a record of 12-1, will be facing Southern Utah today. When playing on the road, the Antelopes are 3-0, while at home they are 8-1. At the moment, Grand Canyon has a winning ATS record of 7-5. In their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Grand Canyon has an over/under record of 6-6-0, with their games averaging 146.8 points per game on average. The Antelopes’ last five games have culminated with an average of 153 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.
In their latest game, Grand Canyon offense put up 73 points against Louisiana Tech. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.4% and made 11 threes. The team’s top scorer is Tyon Grant-Foster, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 20.2, while Rayshon Harrison also carries a PPG average of 14.8 into the game.
So far, the Antelopes’ defense is ranked 95th in the country at 68.2 points per contest. The Grand Canyon defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 70 points and allowed Louisiana Tech to connect on 11 threes.
Will the Thunderbirds Exceed Expectations at Home?
Southern Utah enters their 14th game of the season with a 5-8 record. In away games, the Thunderbirds have gone 1-7 while they have a 2-1 record at home. Against the spread, Southern Utah has a record of 9-2 thus far in the season. When playing at home, Southern Utah has covered the spread in 2 out of 3 games, and in their previous ten home games, they have gone 3-5 vs. the spread.
In 13 games, Southern Utah comes in with an over/under mark of 8-3-0, with their games averaging 151.4 points per game. When assessing the Thunderbirds’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-1, with their games averaging 160 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the Southern Utah offense ended with 69 points against Middle Tennessee. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 37.7% and made 6 threes. Leading Southern Utah in scoring vs. Middle Tennessee was Parsa Fallah with his 20 points. Zion Young also added 16 points for the Thunderbirds.
Coming into the game, Southern Utah will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 77.3 points per game (247th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.1 threes per game vs. Grand Canyon. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.8%.