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Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsPortland Pilots
1-3December 01, 2013, 04:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center4-3

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Portland vs Southern Utah battle Sunday at Earle A. Chiles Center as the Pilots look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Pilots are 4-3 overall and 6-1 ATS, while the Thunderbirds are 1-3 and 0-3 ATS. As for the totals, Portland boasts a 4-3 on the OU, and Southern Utah is 1-1.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Portland sat as -18-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pilots rated this week at No. 235 and the Thunderbirds sitting at No. 310.

In their last action, Southern Utah was a 74-59 loser at home against UC Riverside. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Southern Utah suffered a 74-59 loss against UC Riverside on Saturday, getting 15 points from Trey Kennedy in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.

Last time out for Portland, they were an 86-69 winner as they battled San Jose State at home. They covered in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. The Pilots got 22 points from Kevin Bailey as Portland ran past San Jose State 86-69 on Wednesday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Portland's No. 88-rated squad against Southern Utah's No. 243-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Portland rates No. 183 in the country with 5.29 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 222 nationally with 4.5 per match.

Next up:
Southern Utah at CS Northridge, Tuesday, December 3rd
Portland at Portland State, Saturday, December 7th