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March Madness - Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks visit Utah Utes in NCAA College Basketball Betting

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks


Utah Utes
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:27 PM ET
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter

The No. 5 Utah Utes will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 67-64 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Tournament title game when they hit the floor in the Round of 64 this week. The loss dropped the Utes to 3-4 SU in their last seven and a dismal 3-6 ATS in their last nine.

And bracket busters beware: Utah was upset by a 12 seed back in 2009 (Arizona) and 12 seeds went 3-1 SU past two seasons vs 5 seeds. The Utes were favored midweek by just 6.5 points over at MyBookie.

The Utes, who return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. have reached the Sweet 16 just once in seven March Madness appearances since losing to Kentucky in the 1998 National Championship Game. Utah was knocked out in the Round of 64 in their last appearance in 2009, losing 84-71 to Arizona as the No. 5 seed.

The No. 12 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks put a nine-game SU win streak on the line against Utah, scoring at least 83 points in 10 of their last 12 games. The Lumberjacks hope to recover the magic that earned them a 77-75 upset win over VCU as six-point underdogs in last year's Round of 64.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs Utah Utes Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks have watched them go 29-4 and 3-5 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Utah Utes are at 24-8 and 20-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Utah Utes are 15-16, while the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks have a 3-2-1 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Utah Utes rated this week at No. 19 and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks sitting at No. 14.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lumberjacks got 24 points from Thomas Walkup as Stephen F. Austin ran past Sam Houston State 83-70 on Saturday at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Utah got 24 points from Brandon Taylor but lost anyway, 67-64, to Oregon on Friday at MGM Grand.

Utah vs SFA Betting Trends:

SFA 28-1 SU past 29 games of season

Utah just 3-4 SU, 2-5 ATS past seven games as favorite

Utah was upset by a 12 seed in 2009 (Arizona)

12s are 10-5-1 ATS vs 5 seeds past four seasons

12 seeds went 3-1 SU past two seasons vs 5 seeds

2007 was the only year that 5 seeds swept the 12 seeds