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Southern Utah vs. Idaho State - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Idaho State at Southern Utah
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
America First Events Center
Cedar City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Southern Utah -4.5 -- Over/Under: 148
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The Idaho State Bengals and Southern Utah Thunderbirds meet Saturday in college basketball action at the America First Events Center.

The Idaho State Bengals need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Idaho State Bengals are averaging 70.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 79.2 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Brandon Boyd is averaging 14.5 points and four assists while Balint Mocsan is averaging 11.8 points and two rebounds. Gary Chivichyan is grabbing 1.8 rebounds and Chier Maker is grabbing seven rebounds. The Idaho State Bengals are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho State Bengals are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.3 rebounds per game. The Idaho State Bengals have lost four of their last six road games.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds also need a win after splitting their last six games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 73.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Cameron Oluyitan is averaging 13 points and 3.8 rebounds while Brandon Better is averaging 12.9 points and 1.4 assists. Andre Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Harrison Butler is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have won their last four home games.

The Bengals are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Thunderbirds are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bengals are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Southern Utah and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 39-18-1 in Thunderbirds last 58 home games. The under is 9-4 in Bengals last 13 overall.

The Idaho State Bengals aren't playing good basketball right now and are being outscored by an average of 9.2 points on the road this season. There's reason why Idaho State is an underdog here. However, Idaho State did beat Southern Utah by 20 points about a month ago. In the victory, the Bengals allowed just 35.7 percent shooting from the field and made 15 threes. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds aren't the best shooting team in the world and are prone to losing games they probably shouldn't lose. I'll take a shot with the Idaho State Bengals and the free points.

Idaho State +4.5

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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