Check out our free Tarleton State vs Southern Utah pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Cedar City. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Tarleton State vs Southern Utah Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
Texans vs Thunderbirds Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tarleton State Texans at Southern Utah Thunderbirds
- Where: Cedar City at America First Events Center
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: Tarleton State +7.5, TARL +264 | SUTAH -345 O/U 147.5
The Tarleton State Texans head into today’s game in what will be their 25th game of the season, posting a record of 13-11. So far, the Texans have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 3-9. For the season, Tarleton State has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 3-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Texans being +7.5 point underdogs.
Tarleton State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Lue Williams who is averaging 11.58 points per game for the Texans. Williams 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 Texans’ offensive game plan is the play of Freddy Hicks who has hit 46.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.46 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tarleton State this season, as they are currently ranked 392nd in college basketball at 64.6 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 Texans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 447th in the NCAA.
Through 24 games, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds have an overall record of 16-8. So far this season, Southern Utah has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-1. The Thunderbirds’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Southern Utah has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 9-3.
Southern Utah will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tevian Jones who is averaging 18.7 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 Maizen Fausett who has hit 51.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.0 points per game.
Southern Utah comes into today’s matchup vs Tarleton State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.4 points per game. Through 24 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: Tarleton State Texans +7.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Southern Utah Thunderbirds as the favorites to win. Not only do the Tarleton State Texans have a mediocre record vs the spread at away of late 3-7, but Southern Utah also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -7.5 points in favor of the Thunderbirds is too high and there is good value on grabbing Tarleton State vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Tarleton State taking the points.