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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Sioux over Thunderbirds

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsNorth Dakota Sioux
1-8January 02, 2014, 09:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center3-8

The North Dakota Sioux hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Southern Utah Thunderbirds pay a visit to Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on the college basketball betting menu.

North Dakota battles the Thunderbirds, currently sitting with a 1-8 mark (1-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-3 for the Sioux and 2-5 for the Thunderbirds.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Thunderbirds were listed as 17-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 238 and the Thunderbirds at No. 346 heading into this contest.

Southern Utah was a 67-52 loser in its last match on the road against San Diego. They covered the 21-point spread as underdogs. Eric Rippetoe scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Thunderbirds to a win (they lost 67-52 to San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday).

In their last action, North Dakota was an 84-66 loser on the road against Northern Colorado. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. North Dakota suffered an 84-66 loss against Northern Colorado on Sunday, getting 22 points from Jaron Nash in a losing effort at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Dakota's No. 99 nationally ranked offense (75.64 points per game) against a Thunderbirds defense that sits as the No. 237 at 78.11 PPG. The Sioux have been averaging 44.36% from the field, more than the Thunderbirds have managed so far this season (35.21% on average).

A few Thunderbirds at Sioux trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
North Dakota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
North Dakota is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Southern Utah at Northern Colorado, Saturday, January 4th
North Dakota at Idaho State, Thursday, January 9th