The Big Sky Conference Tourney matchup between the Idaho Vandals (8-23, 4-16 BigSky) and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (16-15, 9-11 BigSky) will take place at CenturyLink Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 136.5 points with Southern Utah set as an 11-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
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The Vandals defeated the Idaho State Bengals in their last contest, 80-76, despite being 1-point underdogs. Trevon Allen was the top scorer from either team with 33 points on 10-for-20 shooting. The Vandals, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.3, had a great mark of 32.0 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.635 (above their season average of 0.480). The two teams combined to score 156 points, which came in over the projected point total of 145.5.
In the Thunderbirds’ last matchup, they defeated the Montana Grizzlies, 85-80, as 7-point underdogs. Harrison Butler had a solid performance for Southern Utah, contributing 17 points and 10 rebounds. Southern Utah dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.571 (above their season average of 0.241) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.7 (below their season average of 28.1). Montana put up marks of 0.292 and 12.5, respectively, for those same stats. The two squads collectively scored 165 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 135.5.
It will be a showdown of opposite tempos as the fast-breaking Thunderbirds will look to push the more grind-it-out Vandals. The Thunderbirds currently rank 80th in possessions per game while the Vandals are 192nd. Also, the Vandals’ 330th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 94.4) will clash against the Thunderbirds’ 25th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 93.2).
Of Idaho’s 29 games that accepted bets, 14 have finished over the O/U total, while 16 of Southern Utah’s 29 games have finished over the O/U total. The Thunderbirds have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (16-15 vs. 8-23), but both teams have the same against the spread (ATS) record (13-16).
Idaho Vandals vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds Betting Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Idaho, ATS Winner – Idaho, O/U – Over
Southern Utah averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 98th in the country. Idaho ranks 182nd in steals allowed per game (7.1).
Southern Utah is 3-9 ATS at home, while Idaho is 8-7 ATS on the road.
Southern Utah is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five games, Idaho is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Thunderbirds have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. On the season, Southern Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 6.5 points.
During their last five games, the Vandals have scored an average of 60.8 points per game (4.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 79.0 points per game (6.3 above their season average).