Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Thunderbirds versus the Trailblazers? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Burns Arena in St. George, UT. Southern Utah come into this Western Athletic conference matchup as the -1.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 153 points.
SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS VS UTAH TECH TRAILBLAZERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -1.5
This game will be played at Burns Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.
WHY BET THE SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-68 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
- Not only will Southern Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 147 points.
Pressure Builds for Southern Utah as Away Favorites
After a 79-59 win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Southern Utah’s record now stands at 9-13. They are 4-7 in Western Athletic Conference play and 5-6 in non-conference games. The Thunderbirds have gone 3-9 on the road this season, including a 2-1 record in their last three road games.
So far, Southern Utah has been the favorite in six games, going 4-2 in those matchups. On the other hand, they have been the underdog in 14 games, posting a 3-11 record in those contests. On the season, the Thunderbirds have an average scoring margin of -3.2 points per game on the road.
As the favorite this season, Southern Utah has gone 4-2 vs. the spread. Over their last three road games, the Thunderbirds are 3-0 ATS and they are 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.
On the season, the over/under record for Southern Utah is 11-9, and today’s line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (147.8). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. However, the average scoring total in their last three games is 143 points, and their OU record in their last three games is 0-3.
In their latest game, Southern Utah’s offense looked good, scoring 79 points against Texas-Rio Grande Valley. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.6% and made 13/20 free throws. Offensively, the Thunderbirds have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 246th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 366th in percentage and 283rd in three-pointers made.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, Southern Utah is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.6 points per game (275th). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Southern Utah’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.0% this season.
Can the Trailblazers Please their Home Crowd?
Utah Tech enters this game with an 8-14 record, including a 4-4 mark at home. They have lost seven straight games on the road and are 3-12 as underdogs this season.
Most recently, the Trailblazers lost to UT Arlington by a score of 87-66. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 5-5.
As the underdog, Utah Tech has struggled vs. the spread this season, going just 5-10. However, their ATS record at home is a solid 5-3, and they have gone 4-1 vs. the spread in their last 5 home games. Overall, their ATS mark for the year is 9-12.
Utah Tech’s over/under record for the season is 9-12, and today’s line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 150 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.
In their most recent game, the Utah Tech offense concluded with only 66 points against UT Arlington. Throughout the game, they made 7/22 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 37.7%. Leading the team in scoring is Noa Gonsalves, who is averaging 12 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tanner Christensen also maintains a PPG average of 11.2 heading into game.
Currently, the Trailblazers’ defense holds the 276th rank in the nation, allowing 76.6 points per game. In today’s game vs. Southern Utah, the Utah Tech defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Utah Tech made 19 free-throws vs. the Trailblazers.