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Southern Utah Thunderbirds visit Eastern Washington Eagles in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsEastern Washington Eagles
1-13January 23, 2014, 09:05 | Reese Court7-10

The Eastern Washington Eagles will try to cover the spread at Reese Court on Thursday when they get a visit from the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in NCAA basketball action.

Eastern Washington battles the Thunderbirds, currently sitting with a 1-14 mark (4-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-6-1 for the Eagles and 4-9 for the Thunderbirds.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Eastern Washington Eagles Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Thunderbirds were listed as 18-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 349-rated Southern Utah taking on the No. 305-rated Eagles in this contest.

Southern Utah was a 65-59 loser in its last match on the road against Weber State. They covered the 23.5-point spread as underdogs. The Thunderbirds got 17 points from Trey Kennedy, but it was Weber State that prevailed in a 65-59 final on Saturday at Dee Events Center.

In their last action, Eastern Washington was a 75-64 loser on the road against Sacramento State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Venky Jois scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Eagles to a win (they lost 75-64 to Sacramento State at Colberg Court on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Washington's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 73.29 PPG, against a Thunderbirds defense rated No. 223 and allowing 75.4 PPG. The Eagles FG% has averaged 43.8% to date this season, more than the Thunderbirds shooters have managed so far (35.98% per game).

Next up:
Southern Utah at Portland State, Saturday, January 25th
Eastern Washington at Portland State, Monday, January 27th