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Southern Utah Thunderbirds visit Montana Grizzlies in college basketball clash

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsMontana Grizzlies
1-25March 01, 2014, 09:00 | Dahlberg Arena14-11

The visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Dahlberg Arena against the Montana Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies bring a 14-11 record (8-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-25 Thunderbirds, who are 10-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Montana go 12-7 so far and the Thunderbirds go 11-14.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Montana Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

The Thunderbirds were listed as 18-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Grizzlies - Thunderbirds odds would favor the Grizzlies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Montana is rated No. 90 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Utah is at No. 309.

Southern Utah was a 77-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Montana State. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah suffered a 77-72 loss against Montana State on Thursday, getting 15 points from A.J. Hess in a losing effort at Worthington Arena.

Montana won its last outing, a 62-61 result against Idaho State on February 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Montana got 15 points from Mario Dunn Jr. en route to a 62-61 victory over Idaho State on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Montana's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 72.32 PPG, against a Thunderbirds defense rated No. 219 and allowing 74.65 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 47.86% to date this season, more than the Thunderbirds shooters have managed so far (40.38% per game).

A few Thunderbirds at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Utah's last 5 games
Southern Utah is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Montana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Montana is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Montana's last 13 games
Montana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Southern Utah home to North Dakota, Thursday, March 6th
Montana at Montana State, Monday, March 3rd