Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears will be trying to slam the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Thursday when the teams tip off at Butler-Hancock Pavilion in college betting action.
Northern Colorado will face the 11-17 Thunderbirds, who own a 13-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bears are 14-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Thunderbirds are 12-10 favoring the OVER.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northern Colorado Bears as 7-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 220-rated Bears and the No. 213-ranked Thunderbirds, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 70-66 result in favor of the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northern Colorado has the nation's No. 89-rated offensive output, at 71.2 PPG. The visiting Thunderbirds defense ranks No. 305 allowing on average 72.4 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Thunderbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.4% per game.
Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 338-rated defense on the road, allowing 79.5 points per game. Northern Colorado, meanwhile, comes in at No. 59 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Utah was an 86-74 loser in its last match at home against Montana. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Damon Heuir scored 29 points for Southern Utah on Monday, but the Grizzlies managed an 86-74 victory over the Thunderbirds at Centrum Arena.
Last time out for Northern Colorado, they were an 85-75 winner as they battled Portland State on the road. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. Northern Colorado got 23 points from Tate Unruh en route to an 85-75 victory over Portland State on Saturday at Stott Center.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing North Dakota are 0-1
After playing Montana are 2-5
After a loss are 3-7
Northern Colorado Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-4
After playing Portland State are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
A few Thunderbirds at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 6 games on the road
Southern Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Utah is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 5 games
Northern Colorado is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Northern Colorado is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Southern Utah at North Dakota, Saturday, March 9