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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Thunderbirds underdogs vs Bears at Northern Colorado

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsNorthern Colorado Bears
1-9January 04, 2014, 09:05 | Butler-Hancock Hall7-3

The Northern Colorado Bears will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Butler-Hancock Hall on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Bears bring a 7-3 record (3-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-9 Thunderbirds, who are 2-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northern Colorado go 2-3 so far and the Thunderbirds go 2-6.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Northern Colorado Bears Odds and Stats.

Northern Colorado opened as -19-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Bears - Thunderbirds odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Colorado is rated No. 91 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Utah is at No. 346.

Southern Utah was a 65-61 loser in its last match on the road against North Dakota. They covered the 17.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 20 points from Trey Kennedy but lost anyway, 65-61, to North Dakota on Thursday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

In their last action, Northern Colorado was an 84-66 winner at home against North Dakota. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Northern Colorado earned an 84-66 victory over North Dakota on Sunday, getting 18 points from Derrick Barden at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northern Colorado's No. 122-rated squad against Southern Utah's No. 252-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northern Colorado rates No. 118 in the country with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 226 nationally with 4.8 per match.

A few Thunderbirds at Bears trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Northern Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Southern Utah home to Sacramento State, Saturday, January 11th
Northern Colorado at Weber State, Thursday, January 9th