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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Thunderbirds underdogs vs Bobcats at Montana State

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsMontana State Bobcats
Jan 21, 9:05 PM | Worthington Arena

Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Montana State Bobcats Odds

5-11TEAM RECORD6-9

Southern Utah pays a visit to Montana State on Monday, hoping to send the Bobcats to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Worthington Arena.

Supporters of the Thunderbirds have watched them go 5-11 and 7-7 ATS on the year, while the Bobcats are at 6-9 and 7-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Bobcats are 5-4, while the Thunderbirds have a 4-6 mark.

View Southern Utah vs Montana State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bobcats as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bobcats sit at No. 281 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Thunderbirds sit at No. 273 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bobcats will win this game 70-64.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montana State's No. 65 nationally ranked offense (72.9 points per game) against a Thunderbirds defense that sits as the No. 291 at 71.8 PPG. The Bobcats have been averaging 42.1% from the field, more than the Thunderbirds have managed so far this season (41.6% on average).

Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 329-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.6 points per game. Montana State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 76 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Southern Utah, they were a 73-67 loser as they battled Montana on the road. They covered in the match as a 13.5-point underdog. Damon Heuir scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Thunderbirds to a win (they lost 73-67 to Montana at Dahlberg Arena on Thursday).

Montana State was a 76-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Montana. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bobcats got 14 points from Christian Moon, but it was Montana that prevailed in a 76-71 final on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
After playing Montana are 2-4
After a loss are 4-6

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Weber State are 4-6
After playing Montana are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Thunderbirds at Bobcats trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Montana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Montana State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Montana State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Southern Utah home to Portland State, Thursday, January 24
Montana State home to Weber State, Thursday, January 24