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NCAA hoops odds preview - Northern Colorado vs. Southern Utah

Northern Colorado BearsSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
16-12March 08, 2014, 07:00 | Centrum Arena2-26

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Centrum Arena Saturday as host Southern Utah looks to handle the Northern Colorado Bears in NCAA hoops action.

The Thunderbirds sport a record of 2-26 and 11-16 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bears have 16-12 and 9-13-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-14 for the Thunderbirds and 12-10-1 for the Bears.

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

Bettors looking to go with the Thunderbirds in this one found them listed as 8.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bears was expected to move the line.

The Thunderbirds sit at No. 330 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bears sit at No. 250 on the same chart.

Northern Colorado lost its last outing, a 94-90 result against North Dakota on March 4. They earned a push in that game as a 4-point underdog. Derrick Barden scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 94-90 to North Dakota at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Tuesday).

Southern Utah was a 77-71 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Dakota. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 16 points from Trey Kennedy en route to a 77-71 victory over North Dakota on Thursday at Centrum Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Utah has the nation's No. 253-rated offensive output, at 59.21 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 162 allowing on average 71 PPG. The Thunderbirds FG% has averaged 40.48% so far, less than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.16% per game.

A few Bears at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Northern Colorado is 2-9-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Northern Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 5 games
Northern Colorado is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Southern Utah is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Southern Utah is 1-24 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home