Northern Arizona Lumberjacks host Southern Utah Thunderbirds in college basketball action
Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Odds
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will be trying to slam the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday when the teams tip off at Walkup Skydome in college betting action.
The Lumberjacks sit at 5-8 (6-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Thunderbirds are currently 4-7 (3-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Arizona is 4-3 OU, and Southern Utah is 1-4 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Arizona sat as 7.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 315 (Lumberjacks) and the No. 294 (Thunderbirds) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 60-58 result in favor of the Thunderbirds has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Arizona's No. 230-ranked offense, averaging 65.2 PPG, against a Thunderbirds defense that ranks No. 295 at 72.7 PPG. The Lumberjacks field goal percentage has averaged 41.4% so far, less than the Thunderbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.2% per game.
Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 334-rated defense on the road, allowing 82.2 points per game. Northern Arizona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 242 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Utah was a 51-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Colorado. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 14 points from Jackson Stevenett en route to a 51-50 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday at Centrum Arena.
In their last action, Northern Arizona was a 57-50 winner at home against Sacramento State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Dewayne Russell went off for 25 points and added 2 rebounds, leading Northern Arizona over Sacramento State, 57-50, on Thursday at Walkup Skydome.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Sacramento State are 2-7
After playing Northern Colorado are 1-0
After a win are 3-7
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Washington are 3-7
After playing Sacramento State are 3-7
After a win are 2-8
A few Thunderbirds at Lumberjacks trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Northern Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Arizona is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games at home
Northern Arizona is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
Southern Utah at Sacramento State, Monday, January 7
Northern Arizona at Eastern Washington, Thursday, January 10