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Thunderbirds open as college hoops underdog vs Vikings

Portland State VikingsSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
11-12February 20, 2014, 09:00 | Centrum Arena1-22

Southern Utah looks to cover the Thunderbirds-Vikings pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 1-22 mark when they host Portland State in college basketball wagering action.

Southern Utah battles the Vikings, currently sitting with a 11-12 mark (9-11 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-12 for the Thunderbirds and 9-10 for the Vikings.

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

The Vikings were listed as -4.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 317-rated Thunderbirds and the No. 165-ranked Vikings, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Portland State, they were a 72-65 loser as they battled Sacramento State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Andre Winston, Jr. scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Vikings to a win (they lost 72-65 to Sacramento State at Peter W Stott Center on Saturday).

In their last action, Southern Utah was a 75-65 loser at home against Idaho State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah suffered a 75-65 loss against Idaho State on Saturday, getting 14 points from A.J. Hess in a losing effort at Centrum Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Southern Utah's No. 254-ranked scoring average of 56.61 PPG, against a Vikings defense rated No. 168 and allowing 71.43 PPG. The Thunderbirds FG% has averaged 39.34% to date this season, less than the Vikings shooters have managed so far (46.44% per game).

Next up:
Portland State at Eastern Washington, Monday, February 24th
Southern Utah at Eastern Washington, Saturday, February 22nd