The WAC conference champion will be named on Saturday when the No. 3 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds (22-11, 12-6 WAC) and the No. 5 Grand Canyon Antelopes (23-11, 11-7 WAC) play at 11:30 PM.
The Thunderbirds are currently slim 1-point favorites against the Antelopes. The game has a point total of 148.
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Odds
Point Spread for Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon
The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with oddsmakers listing Southern Utah as the favorite.
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Southern Utah has -115 odds to pick up the win, while Grand Canyon is listed at -104 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 148 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, March 11, 2023
- Game Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN2
- Location: Paradise, Nevada
- Arena: Orleans Arena
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Betting Trends
In Southern Utah’s 29 games this year, it has 16 wins against the spread. The Thunderbirds have been chosen as favorites in 17 games this year and have walked away with the win 13 times (76.5%) in those games. Southern Utah has eclipsed the over/under in 51.6% of its opportunities this year (16 times over 31 games with a set point total).
Against the spread, Grand Canyon is 13-18-0 this season. The Antelopes have gone 4-5 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 44.4% of those games). Grand Canyon has eclipsed the over/under 74.2% of the time this year (23 of 31 games with a set point total).
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Key Players to Watch
Tevian Jones paces his team in points per contest (17.5), and also puts up 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. At the other end, he delivers 1.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Harrison Butler is tops on the Thunderbirds at 6.7 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 2.5 assists and 11.4 points. Maizen Fausett is putting up 12.3 points, 1.1 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Drake Allen paces his squad in assists per contest (3.5), and also posts 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.
Gabe McGlothan is putting up a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 12.6 points and 0.8 assists, making 51.3% of his shots from the floor and 33.7% from 3-point range, with 1 treys per game. Chance McMillian gives the Antelopes 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He also averages 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Noah Baumann is putting up 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest, making 41.8% of his shots from the floor and 40.8% from beyond the arc, with 1.6 triples per contest.
What you need to know about the Southern Utah Thunderbirds
A total of nine out of Southern Utah’s 20 WAC games this season have hit the over. The Thunderbirds have been led by their offense, as they rank fifth-best in college basketball by tallying 83 points per game. They rank 292nd in college basketball in points allowed (74 per contest). Southern Utah ranks 24th-best in the nation by grabbing 35.3 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 121st in college basketball (30.2 allowed per contest).
Southern Utah is making 8.2 threes per game (87th-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 34.7% shooting percentage (154th-ranked) from three-point land. The Thunderbirds rank 243rd in the nation with 7.7 three-pointers allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 224th with a 34.4% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Thunderbirds are 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their last 10 contests. Six of Southern Utah’s last 10 outings have hit the over. Southern Utah has seen a decrease in scoring lately, racking up 78.2 points per game in its last 10 contests, 4.8 points fewer than the 83 it has scored this season. The last 10 games have seen Southern Utah concede 2.6 more points per game (76.6) than its season-long average (74).
What you need to know about the Grand Canyon Antelopes
Grand Canyon is 9-11-0 ATS in conference games this year. With 75.1 points scored per game and 66.9 points conceded, the Antelopes are 98th in college basketball offensively and 82nd defensively. On the boards, Grand Canyon is 68th in the country in rebounds (33.6 per game). It is 80th in rebounds allowed (29.4 per game).
In 2022-23 Grand Canyon is 40th in college basketball in 3-point makes (8.9 per game) and 23rd-best in 3-point percentage (37.7%). In 2022-23, the Antelopes are 37th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (6 per game) and 41st in defensive 3-point percentage (31.1%).
The Antelopes are 6-4 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their past 10 contests. Grand Canyon has gone over the total in seven of its last 10 games. In its last 10 games, Grand Canyon is scoring 79.1 points per game, four more than its season average (75.1). The Antelopes have played worse defensively over their previous 10 games, ceding 69.7 points per contest, 2.8 more points their than season average of 66.9.
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Grand Canyon, and we predict that Grand Canyon will cover the spread (Southern Utah -1). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 148 points.
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