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Sam Houston State vs Southern Utah Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds

Bearkats vs Thunderbirds Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Sam Houston State Bearkats at Southern Utah Thunderbirds
  • Where: Cedar City at America First Events Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 12th
  • Betting Odds: Sam Houston State -1, SMHO -119 | SUTAH -104 O/U 142.0

Bearkats Preview:

The Sam Houston State Bearkats head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 12-4. On the road, the Bearkats will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 6-3. So far, the Bearkats have been favored 6 times, going 5-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Sam Houston State as -1 point favorites.

Sam Houston State’s leading scorer this season is Qua Grant, who is averaging 13.62 points per contest. So far, Grant has accounted for 17.32% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.19 rebounds per game and 3.94 assists. Donte Powers is the second leading scorer for the Bearkats, averaging 11.25 points per game. Between him and Powers, they are accounting for 31.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Sam Houston State this season, as they are currently ranked 274th in college basketball at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bearkats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 227th in the NCAA.

Thunderbirds Preview:

Southern Utah will take the floor against the Bearkats with an overall record of 11-6. Currently, the Thunderbirds have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. So far, the Thunderbirds have been the underdog 6 times, going 2-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.

Southern Utah will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tevian Jones who is averaging 19.69 points per game for the Thunderbirds. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Thunderbirds’ offensive game plan is the play of Harrison Butler who has hit 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.47 points per game.

Southern Utah comes into today’s matchup vs Sam Houston State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.4 points per game. Through 17 games, they have hit 45.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Thunderbirds have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 266th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Sam Houston State Bearkats -1

Heading into this matchup, with the Sam Houston State Bearkats sitting as -1 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Sam Houston State and Southern Utah are averaging 8.7 and 8.26 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Sam Houston State has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Bearkats to cover at -1.


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