College basketball point spread favors Bears in battle with Thunderbirds
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