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Southern Utah Thunderbirds face Idaho State Bengals: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsIdaho State Bengals
1-12January 16, 2014, 09:05 | Holt Arena5-8

The Idaho State Bengals will hit the floor running against the visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bengals sit at 5-8 (6-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Thunderbirds are currently 1-12 (2-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Idaho State is 5-3 OU, and Southern Utah is 4-7 OU.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Idaho State Bengals Odds and Stats.

The Bengals were listed as -18.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 268 (Bengals) and the No. 349 (Thunderbirds) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Idaho State, they were an 82-75 loser as they battled Northern Colorado on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. Andre Hatchett went off for 25 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Northern Colorado handed Idaho State an 82-75 defeat at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Idaho State's No. 116-ranked scoring average of 73.77 PPG, against a Thunderbirds defense rated No. 234 and allowing 77.38 PPG. The Bengals FG% has averaged 47.27% to date this season, more than the Thunderbirds shooters have managed so far (35.37% per game).

Next up:
Southern Utah at Weber State, Saturday, January 18th
Idaho State at Weber State, Monday, January 20th