Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (3-10) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (6-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Walkup Skydome)
The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Walkup Skydome and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look for a win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
If you follow the Southern Utah Firebirds you are well aware of how disasterous things have been although I tend to believe this team has made a tad bit of improvement. That's not easy to believe with SUU owning a 3-10 record while getting outscored 76-68. The Thunderbirds have lost three in a row after getting lit up by Sacramento State 90-75 in a game they trailed by 15 after 20 minutes. The Thunderbirds performed well at the offensive end with 46% shooting and a 8-21 mark on threes but the Hornets could not be slowed with their 61% marksmanship. AJ Hess was one of four double digit scorers with 17 points while the trio of Casey Oliverson, Trey Kennedy and James McGee added eleven points apiece.
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If the Nothern Arizona Lumberjacks are going to turn their season around they can not afford to wait any longer at 6-9. The Lumberjacks have had some issued scoring the basketball and getting stops at the defensive end but proved they are capable in Thursday's 73-60 decision at Portland State where they took a seven point lead at the intermission and held the Vikings at bay the rest of the way. PSU was limited to 39% from the field while the Lumberjacks fired away at almost 53% while owning the backboards 37-23. All five starters cracked double figures in scoring with Ako Kaluna topping the group with 18 points and seven rebounds with Kris Yanku coming up with a 13 point, seven pull and eleven assist effort. Jordyn Martin and Quinton Upshur added 12 points each and 15 boards while Aaseem Dixson scored eleven.
The Thunderbirds are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Southern Utah are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Sky. The Lumberjacks are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. Northern Arizona are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. I think Northern Arizona is a dangerous squad and could crush Southern Utah but I'm not fond of laying the big chalk...