NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Eagles underdogs vs Thunderbirds at Southern Utah
Eastern Washington Eagles vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Eastern Washington when they take on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
Supporters of the Eagles have watched them go 4-14 and 4-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Thunderbirds are at 6-12 and 8-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Thunderbirds are 6-6, while the Eagles have a 2-10 mark.
The Thunderbirds were listed as 5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunderbirds at No. 262 and the Eagles at No. 293 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 64-62 result in favor of the Thunderbirds.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Southern Utah's No. 77-rated squad against Eastern Washington's No. 158-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Southern Utah rates No. 268 in the country with 5.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 nationally with 8.8 per match.
Defensively, Eastern Washington features the nation's No. 341-rated defense on the road, allowing 81.9 points per game. Southern Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 229 nationally in scoring at home.
Eastern Washington lost its last outing, a 72-56 result against Northern Colorado on January 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. Eastern Washington suffered a 72-56 loss against Northern Colorado on Saturday, getting 15 points from Venky Jois in a losing effort at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
Southern Utah won its last outing, a 76-63 result against Portland State on January 24. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Jackson Stevenett scored 21 points leading the Thunderbirds to a 76-63 victory over Portland State at Centrum Arena on Thursday.
Eastern Washington Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Portland State are 3-7
After playing Northern Colorado are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento State are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
A few Eagles at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Eastern Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Washington home to Portland State, Monday, January 28
Southern Utah home to Sacramento State, Thursday, January 31