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Northern Arizona vs. Southern Utah - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (9-13) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-20)
Date & Time Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +2 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NAU TV
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NCAA BB | Southern Utah Thunderbirds (9-13) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-20)
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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and Southern Utah Thunderbirds meet Saturday in college basketball action at the America First Events Center.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are averaging 66.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 79.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Jojo Anderson is averaging 12.4 points and 2.6 assists while Torry Johnson is averaging 11.3 points and two rebounds. Chris Bowling is grabbing 2.9 rebounds and Gino Littles dishing 2.4 assists. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds also need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 76.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 82.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Jadon Cohee is averaging 13.2 points and 3.5 assists while Dwayne Morgan is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds. Brandon Better is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Aytes is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have split their last eight home games.

The Thunderbirds are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. Big Sky and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Lumberjacks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Sky, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunderbirds are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Northern Arizona, the road team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have won each of the last four meetings against Northern Arizona, including a six-point victory last month. I'm just not sure how anybody can make a case for the Lumberjacks given their current form and the fact they're being outscored by nearly 11 points in their last five games. Neither of these teams play a lick of defense, so the over is also worth a look. But in terms of picking ATS, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds have had more success overall and are the better team. I'll lay the bucket. 

Pick:
Southern Utah Thunderbirds -2

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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