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Stephen F. Austin vs. Utah - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (29-4) at Utah Utes (24-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

The Line: Utah Utes -6.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

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The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and Utah Utes meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks won the Southland and have won nine straight. On the season, Stephen F. Austin is averaging 79 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Thomas Walkup is averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jacob Parker is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Clide Geffrard, Jr. is grabbing three rebounds and Ty Charles is dishing 1.8 assists. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks have five players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 73.4 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Stephen F. Austin is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in seven of its last 10 games.

Stephen F. Austin vs. Utah - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Utes were the second-best Pac-12 team and have split their last eight games. On the season, Utah is averaging 71.7 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 57.2 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Delon Wright is averaging 14.9 points and 5.3 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. Jordan Loveridge is the third double-digit scorer and Jakob Poeltl is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Utah Utes have five players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 40.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Utah is allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last six games.

The Utes are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 65-30-3 ATS in their last 98 games overall. 

Stephen F. Austin has not lost in over a month and is one of the best offensive teams in the entire country. I wouldn't be surprised if this is one of those 12-5 upsets. That's wy I'm taking the points.

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Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks +6.5

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