Southern Utah vs Cal Baptist Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023

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The Cal Baptist Lancers (16-14, 8-9 WAC) will hope to stop a four-game road losing streak when squaring off against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (19-11, 11-6 WAC) on Friday, March 3, 2023 at America First Event Center, airing at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN+.

Friday’s matchup between the Thunderbirds and the Lancers sees the Thunderbirds as a solid, 6.5-point favorite. The game has an over/under of 147.5.

Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist Odds

Point Spread for Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with bookmakers listing Southern Utah as the favorite.

Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Southern Utah has -284 odds to pick up the win, while Cal Baptist is listed at +229 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 147.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 3, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Cedar City, Utah
  • Arena: America First Event Center

Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist Betting Trends

Against the spread, Southern Utah is 14-10-2 this year. The Thunderbirds have been favorites in 15 games this season and have come away with the win 11 times (73.3%) in those contests. Southern Utah’s games this year have gone over the total in 14 out of 28 opportunities (50%).

In Cal Baptist’s 28 games this year, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Lancers have compiled a 4-6 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 40% of those games). Cal Baptist has gone over the point total 42.9% of the time this year (12 of 28 games with a set point total).

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Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist Key Players to Watch

Southern Utah

Tevian Jones averages a team-best 18 points per contest. He is also putting up 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists, shooting 39.8% from the floor and 36.9% from downtown with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game. Maizen Fausett is tops on the Thunderbirds at 6.7 rebounds per contest, while also putting up 1.2 assists and 12.5 points. Harrison Butler puts up a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. He is also putting up 11.1 points and 2.5 assists, shooting 37.9% from the floor and 30.3% from beyond the arc with 1 made 3-pointers per contest. Drake Allen puts up a team-high 3.4 assists per contest. He is also putting up 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 52.1% from the floor.

Cal Baptist

Hunter Goodrick paces the Lancers in rebounding (6.8 per game), and posts 8.9 points and 1.9 assists. He also delivers 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Riley Battin gets the Lancers 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. He also averages 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. The Lancers receive 7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game from Reed Nottage.

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What you need to know about the Southern Utah Thunderbirds

A total of seven out of Southern Utah’s 17 WAC games this season have gone over the point total. The Thunderbirds are ceding 73.6 points per game this year (284th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well offensively, putting up 83.1 points per contest (sixth-best). Southern Utah ranks 20th-best in college basketball by averaging 35.8 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 123rd in college basketball (30.2 allowed per contest).

The Thunderbirds are putting up 93.6 points per game in home games. When playing on the road, they are averaging 73.8 points per contest. Southern Utah is making 8.3 treys per game (76th-ranked in college basketball). It sports a 35% shooting percentage (145th-ranked) from three-point land. The Thunderbirds are giving up 7.6 treys per game (228th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.9% (182nd-ranked) from beyond the arc.

The Thunderbirds are 5-5 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their past 10 contests. Four of Southern Utah’s past 10 games have gone over the total. Southern Utah’s offense has been much less productive over its last 10 games, racking up 74.7 points a contest compared to the 83.1 it has averaged this season. Southern Utah has been more porous on defense lately, giving up 75.1 points per game during its past 10 contests compared to the 73.6 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Cal Baptist Lancers

Cal Baptist has covered seven times in 16 chances against the spread in conference action this season. In 2022-23, the Lancers are 216th in the country offensively (70 points scored per game) and 42nd on defense (65 points allowed). In 2022-23, Cal Baptist is 44th in the nation in rebounds (34.4 per game) and 143rd in rebounds allowed (30.5).

The Lancers score 76 points per game at home, and 62.4 on the road. Beyond the arc, Cal Baptist is 69th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.4). It is 243rd in 3-point percentage at 33.2%. The Lancers are the 18th-best team in the country in 3-pointers allowed (5.6 per game) and 31st in 3-point percentage defensively (30.8%).

The Lancers have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 4-6 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 games, Cal Baptist has hit the over five times. While Cal Baptist is scoring 70 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark in its last 10 games, producing 73.6 a contest. The Lancers are giving up 67.5 points per game over their previous 10 games, which is 2.5 more points than they are allowing for the season (65).

Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Southern Utah, and we project that Cal Baptist will cover the spread (Southern Utah -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 147.5 points.

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How to bet Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist

You can bet on Southern Utah vs. Cal Baptist at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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