Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs North Dakota Sioux Odds
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Sioux in North Dakota at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Sioux are 14-15 so far on the season, and 13-14 ATS vs. the number. The Thunderbirds, meanwhile, are 11-18 and 14-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen North Dakota go 15-9 and the Thunderbirds go 12-11 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Sioux as 6.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Sioux - Thunderbirds odds would favor the Thunderbirds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Dakota is rated No. 246 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Utah is at No. 213. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 68-64 win for the Sioux.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Dakota's No. 182 nationally ranked offense (67.1 points per game) against a Thunderbirds defense that sits as the No. 303 at 72.2 PPG. The Sioux have been averaging 42.2% from the field, more than the Thunderbirds have managed so far this season (41.4% on average).
Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 330-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.6 points per game. North Dakota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 218 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Utah was a 66-58 loser in its last match on the road against Northern Colorado. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Jackson Stevenett went off for 25 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Northern Colorado handed Southern Utah a 66-58 defeat at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
North Dakota won its last outing, a 78-74 result against Eastern Washington on March 2. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. The Sioux used a 34-point performance from Troy Huff to help North Dakota smack Eastern Washington 78-74 on Saturday at Reese Court.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Northern Colorado are 2-0
After a loss are 2-8
North Dakota Sioux Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-3
After playing Eastern Washington are 1-0
After a win are 4-6
A few Thunderbirds at Sioux trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 7 games on the road
Southern Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Utah is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
North Dakota is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
North Dakota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games