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Southern Utah Thunderbirds visit Portland State Vikings in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsPortland State Vikings
1-15January 25, 2014, 10:05 | Peter W Stott Center7-8

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Peter W Stott Center Saturday as host Portland State looks to handle the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in NCAA hoops action.

Supporters of the Thunderbirds have watched them go 1-15 and 5-10 ATS on the year, while the Vikings are at 7-8 and 5-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Vikings are 6-5, while the Thunderbirds have a 5-9 mark.

View Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Portland State Vikings Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Portland State sat as -13.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Vikings - Thunderbirds odds would favor the Vikings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Portland State is rated No. 261 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Utah is at No. 349.

Southern Utah was a 90-83 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Eastern Washington. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 22 points from Trey Kennedy but lost anyway, 90-83, to Eastern Washington on Thursday at Reese Court.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Portland State has the nation's No. 148-rated offensive output, at 71.87 PPG. The visiting Thunderbirds defense ranks No. 232 allowing on average 76.31 PPG. The Vikings FG% has averaged 45.19% so far, more than the Thunderbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 37.29% per game.

A few Thunderbirds at Vikings trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Southern Utah's last 11 games
Southern Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Portland State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Portland State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland State's last 6 games
Portland State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Southern Utah home to Montana, Thursday, January 30th
Portland State at Eastern Washington, Monday, January 27th