Southern Utah at Eastern Washington
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Eastern Washington Eagles -3 -- Over/Under - 146
E Sports Network; PLUTO
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds and Eastern Washington Eagles will square off at CenturyLink Arena this Friday night in the Semifinals of the Big Sky Men’s Championship.
The 7-seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds continued their strong play on the offensive end of the court and kept their season alive after upsetting the 2-seed Northern Colorado Bears, 83-64, on Friday. As impressive as the Southern Utah offense was against the Bears, it was their defense that really got them the victory as the Thunderbirds 286th ranked scoring defense shut down on of the best offensive teams in the Big Sky in the Bears. Southern Utah led by a 39-30 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away after a 13-1 run to start the 2nd half gave Southern Utah a 52-31 lead with 15:02 left in regulation. Marquette shot 52.7% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc while holding Northern Colorado to just 39.6% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Thunderbirds was Jacob Calloway who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Coming into their game agianst Northern Colorado, Southern Utah was averaging 76.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Thunderbirds were averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Utah has been led by Cameron Oluyitan (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Brandon Better (12.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), Andre Adams (10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Harrison Butler (10.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Southern Utah was allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Thunderbirds have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The 3-seed Eastern Washington Eagles, behind a strong offensive performance, was able to advance to their 3rd straight Semifinals appearance in the Big Sky Tournament after defeating the Montana State Bobcats, 90-84, on Thursday night. Eastern Washington used a 11-0 run to take on a 74-62 lead with 8:19 left in regulation and was able to hold off a late charge from the Bobcats to secure the victory. Eastern Washington shot 55.2% from the field and outrebounded Montana State by a 34-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Mason Peatling who had a double-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.
Coming into their game agianst Montana State, Eastern Washington was averaging 72.0 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles were averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Washington has been led by Mason Peatling (14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Jesse Hunt (14.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), Jacob Davison (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tyler Kidd (9.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Eastern Washington was allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles had a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
Southern Utah and Eastern Washington split their regular season series as the Eagles won at home by an 82-79 margin in early February while the Thunderbirds won by a 76-62 margin at home in late February.
The Thunderbirds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Southern Utah had their best game of the season and Northern Colorado on Thursday and with their offense running on full cylinders right now, I think we’re in for a high scoring game against an Eagles team that ranks just 256th in scoring defense & 269th in defensive FG%. Eastern Washington’s offense is something the Thunderbirds have to be concern about, however, as I was impressed with how they handle Jordan Davis and the Bears, I’m going to continue to roll with the Thunderbirds and take the points in this one. Good Luck!