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Southern Utah vs. Northern Arizona - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-11) at Southern Utah Thunderbirds (4-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Centrum Arena)

The Line: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and Southern Utah Thunderbirds meet Saturday night at the Centrum Arena.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are desperate for a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are averaging 65.7 points on 35.3 percent shooting and allowing 85.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Kris Yanku is averaging 14.5 points and 4.8 assists while Ako Kaluna is averaging 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. Torry Johnson is dishing 1.7 assists and Felix Rivera-Vega is grabbing three rebounds. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. Northern Arizona is allowing 40.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.9 turnovers per game. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have lost eight straight road games. 

Southern Utah vs. Northern Arizona - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds need a victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 68 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 82.5 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Travon Langston is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while James McGee is averaging 12.8 points and 1.3 assists. Trey Kennedy is the third double-digit scorer and Casey Oliverson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. Southern Utah is allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.8 turnovers per game. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have lost six of their last 10 home games.

The Lumberjacks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunderbirds are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Sky and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Southern Utah gets a rare home game here, a place where it's rarely played so far this season and about the only place the Thunderbirds win. Northern Arizona has just been downright awful this season and has lost eight straight on the road. Have to side with the home team here.

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Southern Utah Thunderbirds -4.5

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