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Idaho State vs. Southern Utah - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-6) at Idaho State Bengals (5-6)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 9:05 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Idaho State Bengals -6 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
Pluto
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds and Idaho State Bengals meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Holt Arena.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 70.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 80.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Dwayne Morgan is averaging 13 points and 4.8 rebounds while Cameron Oluyitan is averaging 13 points and 2.4 assists. Brandon Better is the third double-digit scorer and Jacob Calloway is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have lost their last four road games.

The Idaho State Bengals could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Idaho State Bengals are averaging 71.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Brandon Boyd is averaging 14.4 points and 4.3 assists while Gary Chivichyan is averaging 10.8 points and 1.7 rebounds. Balint Mocsan is dishing 1.8 assists and Kelvin Jones is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Idaho State Bengals are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho State Bengals are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Idaho State Bengals have won two of their last three home games.

The Thunderbirds are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Sky and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bengals are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Bengals last 5 overall. The over is 20-8 in Thunderbirds last 28 vs. Big Sky.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have given up 89 or more points in four of their last five games and are being outscored by an average of 17 points in those games. The Idaho State Bengals have played damn near their entire schedule on the road this season and have done more than held their own, so it's going to be interesting to see how they perform in a rare home game. While these games have a history of being close, Idaho State has been the better team by far this season, and Southern Utah has been getting blasted left and right. I'll eat the chalk, a number that continues to rise since the opener. 

Pick:
Idaho State Bengals -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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