The Southern Utah Thunderbirds (16-7, 10-3 Big Sky) and Northern Colorado Bears (13-11, 8-4) clash Monday in Greeley, Colo. The contest at Bank of Colorado Arena is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Southern Utah vs. Northern Colorado odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Southern Utah is the Big Sky’s highest-scoring team, averaging 79.4 points per game (PPG). The Thunderbirds have parlayed that offense into five wins in the squad’s last six games. They scored 80-plus in seven of their last 10, including a 91-81 loss to Northern Colorado Jan. 1 – the Bears sank 17 3-pointers.
The Bears are 5-5 since New Year’s Day, but they head into this home contest on a three-game win streak. Northern Colorado has shot 50.0% from the field over the streak. UNC has had some recent struggles at home, though, going just 1-3 across their last four games in Greeley.
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Southern Utah at Northern Colorado odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Southern Utah +100 (bet $100 to win $100) | Northern Colorado -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Southern Utah +1.5 (-120) | Northern Colorado -1.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 155.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Southern Utah at Northern Colorado odds, lines, picks and predictions
Southern Utah 74, Northern Colorado 73
Peg the Thunderbirds as the better defense to begin with, and add the fact they have defending at a higher rate over recent weeks. Southern Utah is also getting to the foul line with greater frequency.
It all adds up to the Thunderbirds being worthy of pick-’em status here. TAKE SOUTHERN UTAH (+100).
These are two fast-tempo squads, and both have been hitting the Over at a 66.7% clip for the season – both are 14-7 O/U. The last head-to-head meeting flew past the O/U total by 26.5 points. They combined for 172 points, easily cashing an Over 145.5 ticket.
But SUU has been playing better defense of late and this number looks to be a few points on the aggressive side.
TAKE THE UNDER 155.5 (-107).
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