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Thunderbirds visit Oakland Grizzlies in college basketball clash

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsOakland Grizzlies
March 5, 7:00 PM | Sioux Falls Arena

Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds

11-18TEAM RECORD22-9

A key college battle sees the visiting Thunderbirds travelling to Oakland Saturday to take on the Grizzlies on Saturday.

It's a game in the Summit League Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at Sioux Falls Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Grizzlies bring a 22-9 record (4-3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-18 Thunderbirds, who are 1-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Oakland go 4-0 so far and the Thunderbirds go 3-1.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 106-ranked Grizzlies and the No. 296-rated Thunderbirds in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-72 win for the Grizzlies on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Thunderbirds is ranked No. 237 in NCAA hoops at 33.8 per game. Contrast that with Oakland’s No. 14 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Oakland is the No. 20-ranked team in the country at 8.2 per game, while Southern Utah rates No. 346 at 3.3 per game.

Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 296-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.4 points per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Southern Utah, they were an 82-68 loser as they battled Oakland at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog. Southern Utah suffered an 82-68 loss against Oakland on Saturday, getting 15 points from Ramell Taylor in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.

In their last action, Oakland was an 82-68 winner on the road against Southern Utah. They covered the 8–point spread as favorites. Will Hudson scored 16 points leading the Grizzlies to an 82-68 victory over Southern Utah at Centrum Arena on Saturday.

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