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College baskeball point spread favors Thunderbirds in battle with Bobcats

Montana State BobcatsSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
Feb 28, 9:05 PM | Centrum Arena

Montana State Bobcats vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds

10-15TEAM RECORD11-15

The visiting Montana State Bobcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Centrum Arena against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.

Supporters of the Bobcats have watched them go 10-15 and 11-12 ATS on the year, while the Thunderbirds are at 11-15 and 13-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Thunderbirds are 11-9, while the Bobcats have a 11-8 mark.

View Montana State vs Southern Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bobcats were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunderbirds at No. 218 and the Bobcats at No. 315 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 69-67 result in favor of the Bobcats.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bobcats is ranked No. 269 in NCAA hoops at 32.5 per game. Contrast that with Southern Utah’s No. 43 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Utah is the No. 281-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Montana State rates No. 102 at 7 per game.

Defensively, Montana State features the nation's No. 319-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.7 points per game. Southern Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 169 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Montana State, they were an 85-74 loser as they battled South Dakota at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Montana State got 16 points from Xavier Blount but lost anyway, 85-74, to South Dakota on Sunday at Worthington Arena.

Last time out for Southern Utah, they were a 73-72 winner as they battled CS Northridge at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Southern Utah earned a 73-72 victory over CS Northridge on Saturday, getting 21 points from Jackson Stevenett at Centrum Arena.

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Montana are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Montana are 2-5
After playing CS Northridge are 2-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Bobcats at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Montana State is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Southern Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Southern Utah's last 11 games
Southern Utah is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Montana State home to Montana, Saturday, March 2
Southern Utah home to Montana, Monday, March 4