Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Thunderbirds versus the Antelopes? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at GCU Arena in Phoenix, AZ. The over/under for this Western Athletic conference contest is set at 152.5 points, with Grand Canyon being favored by -14.5 at home against Southern Utah.
SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS VS GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +14.5
This game will be played at GCU Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.
WHY BET THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-72 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
- Not only will Southern Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +14.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?
After a loss to Utah Tech, Southern Utah will look to bounce back as they head into tonight’s game as 14.5-point underdogs. So far this season, the Thunderbirds have gone 3-11 when listed as the underdog.
On the road, Southern Utah has gone just 3-10 this season, and over their last ten games away from home, they have gone just 3-7. So far this season, the Thunderbirds have gone 9-14 overall.
As the underdog, Southern Utah has been excellent vs. the spread this season, going 11-3. They have an overall ATS record of 15-6 and are 10-3 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Thunderbirds have gone 8-2 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Southern Utah games is 11-10. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 150.2 points, which is just below the average over/under line of 148. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points.
Coming off their recent game, the Southern Utah offense tallied 68 points in a matchup against Utah Tech. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.1%, and they made 3 threes. In terms of offense, the Thunderbirds have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 247th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 381st in percentage and 294th in three-pointers made.
At present, the Thunderbirds’ defense is nationally ranked 269th, allowing 76.3 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Southern Utah’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.8% this season.
Will Grand Canyon Find a Way to Win at Home?
Grand Canyon has been dominant at home this season, going 12-1 with an average scoring margin of +13.5 points per game. They have won 10 straight games at home, and their last three games at home have all been victories. Overall, the Antelopes are 21-2 on the year, including a 4-game win streak.
Coming into this game, Grand Canyon has been favored in 20 of their 23 games, going 18-2 in those games. They are 11-1 in Western Athletic Conference games, and they have an 8-1 record on the road this season.
Grand Canyon’s ATS record this year is 12-9-1, and they are 10-9-1 vs. the spread when favored this season. Their home ATS record is 6-6-1, and their ATS mark over their last 10 games as the favorite is 5-4-1.
This season, the over/under record for games involving the Grand Canyon Antelopes is 11-11. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 145.9 points, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line of 145.5. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year, but over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points.
Coming off a good offensive performance, Grand Canyon’s offense scored 86 points against Utah Valley. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.9%, and they went 23/29 from the free-throw line. The team’s top scorer is Tyon Grant-Foster, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 19, while Gabe McGlothan also maintains a PPG average of 15.3 leading up to the game.
At this time, the Antelopes’ defense is positioned 73rd in the country, permitting 67.7 points per game. Grand Canyon’s three-point defense is currently 58th in the country at 6.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.5% of their shots vs. Grand Canyon.