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Sacramento State favored by -2 against Southern Utah on Saturday

Sacramento State HornetsSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
4-8January 11, 2014, 09:00 | Centrum Arena1-10

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

The Thunderbirds sport a record of 1-10 and 2-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hornets have 4-8 and 4-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-6 for the Thunderbirds and 3-5 for the Hornets.

View Sacramento State Hornets vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds and Stats.

Southern Utah opened as 2-point underdogs 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.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 348-ranked Thunderbirds and the No. 307-rated Hornets in this matchup.

Sacramento State was a 75-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northern Arizona. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. Sacramento State got 15 points from Mikh McKinney but lost anyway, 75-65, to Northern Arizona on Thursday at Walkup Skydome.

Southern Utah was a 91-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northern Colorado. They failed to cover the 17.5-point spread as underdogs. The Thunderbirds were hammered by Northern Colorado on Saturday, losing by a 91-55 final at Butler-Hancock Hall in college basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Utah has the nation's No. 254-rated offensive output, at 56.36 PPG. The visiting Hornets defense ranks No. 120 allowing on average 68.75 PPG. The Thunderbirds FG% has averaged 36.67% so far, less than the Hornets marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.48% per game.

A few Hornets at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Sacramento State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Sacramento State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Sacramento State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Southern Utah
Southern Utah is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 6 games
Southern Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Sacramento State home to Portland State, Thursday, January 16th
Southern Utah at Northern Arizona, Monday, January 13th