Southern Utah vs Utah Tech Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The No. 3 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds (20-11, 12-6 WAC) play the No. 11 seed Utah Tech Trailblazers (14-18, 5-13 WAC) in the WAC Tournament Thursday at Orleans Arena, tipping off at 11:30 PM. Both teams will attempt to get one step closer to earning an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

The Thunderbirds play the Trailblazers in a game that Southern Utah is currently a favorite by 5 points. A 152.5-point over/under has been set for the game.

Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech Odds

Point Spread for Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech

The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with bookmakers listing Southern Utah as the favorite.

Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Southern Utah has -213 odds to pick up the win, while Utah Tech is listed at +175 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 152.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 11:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Paradise, Nevada
  • Arena: Orleans Arena

Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech Betting Trends

In Southern Utah’s 27 games this season, it has 15 wins against the spread. The Thunderbirds have been favorites in 16 games this season and have come away with the win 12 times (75%) in those contests. Southern Utah has eclipsed the over/under in 51.7% of its opportunities this year (15 times over 29 games with a set point total).

Utah Tech has played 29 games, with 17 wins, against the spread. The Trailblazers have been the moneyline underdog 19 total times this season. They’ve gone 4-15 in those games. Utah Tech’s games this season have gone over the total in 16 of 29 opportunities (55.2%).

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Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech Key Players to Watch

Southern Utah

Tevian Jones puts up 17.7 points and 1.3 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also averaging 4.5 rebounds, shooting 39.6% from the field and 36.5% from beyond the arc with 2.4 made 3-pointers per contest. Maizen Fausett is putting up 12.5 points, 1.2 assists and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Harrison Butler is tops on his squad in rebounds per contest (6.8), and also puts up 11.1 points and 2.5 assists. At the other end, he delivers 1 steal and 0.5 blocked shots. Drake Allen leads the Thunderbirds at 3.5 assists per contest, while also averaging 3.3 rebounds and 11.2 points.

Utah Tech

Isaiah Pope is posting 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, making 44.1% of his shots from the field and 42.4% from 3-point range, with 1.6 triples per contest. Tanner Christensen is the Trailblazers’ top rebounder (7.1 per game), and he posts 9.6 points and 1.6 assists. Jacob Nicolds gives the Trailblazers 10.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Southern Utah Thunderbirds

So far this season, eight out of Southern Utah’s 18 WAC games have hit the over. The Thunderbirds have been lifted by their offense, as they rank fifth-best in college basketball by putting up 83 points per game. They rank 280th in college basketball in points allowed (73.5 per contest). Southern Utah is top-25 this season in rebounding, ranking 20th-best in college basketball with 35.7 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 113th with 30.1 rebounds allowed per contest.

Southern Utah ranks 74th in college basketball with 8.3 threes per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 134th with a 35% shooting percentage from downtown. With 7.6 threes conceded per game, the Thunderbirds rank 227th in college basketball. They are allowing a 33.9% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 189th in college basketball.

The Thunderbirds have gone 6-4 in their last 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. Five of Southern Utah’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. Southern Utah has seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 76.8 points per game in its last 10 outings, 6.2 points fewer than the 83 it has scored this year. Southern Utah’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (74.1) is 0.6 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (73.5).

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What you need to know about the Utah Tech Trailblazers

Utah Tech has won nine games against the spread this season in conference action, while failing to cover or pushing 10 times. Offensively the Trailblazers are the 88th-ranked squad in college basketball (75.6 points per game). On defense they are 275th (73.3 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Utah Tech is 180th in college basketball in rebounds (31.8 per game) and 75th in rebounds allowed (29.3).

Beyond the arc, Utah Tech is 56th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.6). It is 19th-best in 3-point percentage at 37.9%. In 2022-23, the Trailblazers are 203rd in the country in 3-pointers conceded (7.4 per game) and 281st in defensive 3-point percentage (35.4%).

The Trailblazers have gone 4-6 over their last 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. Utah Tech has hit the over in five of its last 10 outings. Over its past 10 games, Utah Tech is averaging 75.9 points per game, 0.3 more than its season average (75.6). The Trailblazers are surrendering 74.1 points per contest over their previous 10 games, which is 0.8 more points than they are allowing for the season (73.3).

Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Southern Utah, and we project that Utah Tech will cover the spread (Southern Utah -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 152.5 points.

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How to bet Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech

You can bet on Southern Utah vs. Utah Tech 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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