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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Sioux over Thunderbirds

Southern Utah Thunderbirds North Dakota Sioux
1-8 January 02, 2014, 09:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center 3-8



The North Dakota Sioux hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Southern Utah Thunderbirds pay a visit to Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on the college basketball betting menu.

North Dakota battles the Thunderbirds, currently sitting with a 1-8 mark (1-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-3 for the Sioux and 2-5 for the Thunderbirds.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Thunderbirds were listed as 17-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 238 and the Thunderbirds at No. 346 heading into this contest.

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Southern Utah was a 67-52 loser in its last match on the road against San Diego. They covered the 21-point spread as underdogs. Eric Rippetoe scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Thunderbirds to a win (they lost 67-52 to San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday).

In their last action, North Dakota was an 84-66 loser on the road against Northern Colorado. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. North Dakota suffered an 84-66 loss against Northern Colorado on Sunday, getting 22 points from Jaron Nash in a losing effort at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Dakota's No. 99 nationally ranked offense (75.64 points per game) against a Thunderbirds defense that sits as the No. 237 at 78.11 PPG. The Sioux have been averaging 44.36% from the field, more than the Thunderbirds have managed so far this season (35.21% on average).

A few Thunderbirds at Sioux trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
North Dakota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
North Dakota is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home


Next up:
Southern Utah at Northern Colorado, Saturday, January 4th
North Dakota at Idaho State, Thursday, January 9th