Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (9-11) at Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Centrum Arena)
The Line: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Centrum Arena Saturday.
Consistency has been an issue for the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at both ends of the floor and this is a team that needs both their scoring and defense to contribute to be successful. That was the formula in a 71-64 victory at Montana State as NAU built a small lead that they never gave up. Both teams sank shots in the 46% range and combined for 21 long balls but the biggest difference came at the stripe where the Lumberjacks held an 11-1 advantage. Leading scorer Quinton Upshur tossed in 18 points on 6-9 from the floor including a 5-7 mark on threes while Kris Yanku added 15 points, eight rebounds and ten helpers. Aseem Dixon followed with 14 points with Ako Kaluna and Jordyn Martin added 12 and eight points with Martin posting eight boards with the rest of the team scoring four points.
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It's tough to say a 5-13 has shown a lot of improvement but that is what we have with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Of course this team still needs help everywhere to even sniff the top four in the Big Sky but the Thunderbirds could be a sneaky spoiler. SUU let one slip through their fingers in a 58-56 at Montana in a battle of half court sets. The Thunderbirds had a slight 42%-40% shooting edge with a few more bakets and threes but 19 turnovers was a killer. The Grizzlies eventually won it at the charity stripe with a 16-6 edge voiding Southern Utah's small shooting advantage. Race Parsons paced the attack with 13 points on 5-9 from the floor with a 5-7 shooting effort from Casey Oliverson producing ten points. Austin Waddoups and Travon Langston combined for 15 points with Langston snagging a team high eight rebounds.
The Lumberjacks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Northern Arizona are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The Thunderbirds are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games. Southern Utah are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. I am always wary of NAU because I think they have talent but I like the underdog Thunderbirds as well but I prefer them on the road...