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Montana Grizzlies take on Thunderbirds in NCAA basketball test

Montana GrizzliesSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
March 4, 9:05 PM | Centrum Arena

Montana Grizzlies vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds

20-6TEAM RECORD11-16

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Southern Utah vs Montana battle Monday at Centrum Arena as the Thunderbirds look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Southern Utah battles the Grizzlies, currently sitting with a 20-6 mark (12-11-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-10 for the Thunderbirds and 11-9-1 for the Grizzlies.

View Montana vs Southern Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Thunderbirds installed as 2.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Thunderbirds rated this week at No. 218 and the Grizzlies sitting at No. 184. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 74-65 result in favor of the Grizzlies.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Utah's No. 175 nationally ranked offense (67.4 points per game) against a Grizzlies defense that sits as the No. 160 at 66.1 PPG. The Thunderbirds have been averaging 41.4% from the field, less than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (47.4% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Montana owns the country's No. 164-rated mark, allowing 69.2 points per game on the highway. Southern Utah, on the other hand, rates No. 181 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Montana was a 71-68 winner on the road against Montana State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Grizzlies got 17 points from Keron DeShields as Montana ran past Montana State 71-68 on Saturday at Worthington Arena.

Last time out for Southern Utah, they were a 62-61 loser as they battled Montana State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. Southern Utah got 19 points from Jackson Stevenett but lost anyway, 62-61, to Montana State on Thursday at Centrum Arena.

Montana Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Sacramento State are 7-3
After playing Montana State are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Northern Colorado are 0-2
After playing Montana State are 2-1
After a loss are 4-6

A few Grizzlies at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Montana is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Southern Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Southern Utah's last 12 games
Southern Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Montana home to Sacramento State, Thursday, March 7
Southern Utah at Northern Colorado, Thursday, March 7