BigSky foes will battle when the Idaho Vandals (5-13, 1-6 BigSky) go head-to-head against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (11-7, 4-3 BigSky) at Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Idaho Vandals Odds Preview
The Thunderbirds lost a tough one against the Eastern Washington Eagles in their last outing, 81-78. With 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting, Dwayne Morgan led Southern Utah in scoring. Eastern Washington held the Thunderbirds to an effective field goal percentage of 0.470 (below their season average of 0.520). Southern Utah, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.5 vs. 23.1).
In the Vandals’ previous matchup, they were beaten by the Northern Colorado Bears, 74-53. Trevon Allen was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Northern Colorado had a turnover percentage of 6.1 (better than their season average of 13.9). Idaho, meanwhile, held the Bears to an offensive rebounding percentage of 9.4 (below their season average of 27.8).
The ineffective offense of Idaho will clash against the elite defense of Southern Utah. The Vandals rank 307th in offensive efficiency, while the Thunderbirds are 20th in defensive efficiency. The Thunderbirds should have the edge on that end of the court.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Thunderbirds won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last contest, Southern Utah won 85-76. The Thunderbirds played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 and a turnover percentage of 12.8. The Vandals recorded marks of 18.2 and 15.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Idaho Vandals Betting Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Southern Utah, ATS Winner – Southern Utah, O/U – Under
The Thunderbirds rank 43rd in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while the Vandals rank 128th (34.7).
Southern Utah ranks 68th in steals per game (7.6) while Idaho ranks 142nd in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Southern Utah ranks 62nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.7) while Idaho ranks 241st (24.8).
The Thunderbirds rank 35th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Vandals rank 169th (2.5).
Southern Utah ranks 39th in assists allowed per game (10.7) while Idaho ranks 172nd (13.6).
The Vandals’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.0, up from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Thunderbirds have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (3.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (1.5 below their season average).