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Thunderbirds open as college hoops underdog vs Bobcats

Montana State BobcatsSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
9-10February 01, 2014, 09:00 | Centrum Arena1-17

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Bobcats of Montana State hit the hard court against the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah.

The Thunderbirds currently sports a 1-17 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-10 ATS. The Bobcats are 9-10 and 7-9-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunderbirds produce a 7-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bobcats have gone 6-9 against the number.

View Montana State Bobcats vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds and Stats.

The Thunderbirds were listed as 8-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Thunderbirds - Bobcats odds would favor the Bobcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Utah is rated No. 342 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Montana State is at No. 157.

In their last action, Montana State was a 69-64 loser on the road against Idaho State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Marcus Colbert scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Bobcats to a win (they lost 69-64 to Idaho State at Holt Arena on Saturday).

Southern Utah was a 69-61 loser in its last match at home against Montana. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah suffered a 69-61 loss against Montana on Thursday, getting 17 points from Trey Kennedy in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bobcats is ranked No. 226 in NCAA hoops at 32.42 per game. Contrast that with Southern Utah’s No. 252 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Utah is the No. 229-ranked team in the country at 4.72 per game, while Montana State rates No. 78 at 7 per game.

A few Bobcats at Thunderbirds trends to consider:
Montana State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Montana State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Montana State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Montana State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Montana State home to Montana, Monday, February 3rd
Southern Utah at Northern Arizona, Saturday, February 8th