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Southern Utah vs. Idaho - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Idaho at Southern Utah
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
America First Events Center
Cedar City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Southern Utah -14 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
Pluto
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NCAA BB | Idaho at Southern Utah
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The Idaho Vandals and Southern Utah Thunderbirds meet Saturday in college basketball action at the America First Events Center.

The Idaho Vandals are still looking for their first victory since January 3. The Idaho Vandals are averaging 67 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 76.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Trevon Allen is averaging 13.8 points and 2.9 assists while Cameron Tyson is averaging 13.2 points and 2.1 rebounds. Jared Rodriguez is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Scott Blakney is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Idaho Vandals are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho Vandals are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Idaho Vandals have lost their last nine road games.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds could also use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 76.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Brandon Better is averaging 12.7 points and 1.4 rebounds while Cameron Oluyitan is averaging 12.7 points and 2.3 assists. Dwayne Morgan is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Adams is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have won their last six home games.

The Vandals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Thunderbirds are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vandals are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 40-19-1 in Thunderbirds last 60 home games. The under is 8-3 in Vandals last 11 overall.

The Idaho Vandals have not only gone nearly two full months without a victory, but they're just 5-18 ATS on the season, 3-9 ATS on the road, are losing by an average of 25.8 points in their last five games and 17.1 points on the road. If that's not enough to fade Idaho, I'm not sure what is. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have covered each of their last five home games and won the meeting earlier this month on the road by 11 points. Still, this pick is all about fading a brutal Idaho Vandals squad.

Pick:
Southern Utah -14

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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