North Alabama vs Southern Utah Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/18/23

Southern Utah Thunderbirds (21-12) vs North Alabama Lions (18-14)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Ocean Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -8 -- Over/Under: 164.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will play the North Alabama Lions in the first round of the CBI on Saturday afternoon at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Southern Utah Preview

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are 22-12 (12-6) this season after they lost to Grand Canyon by a score of 84-66 in the WAC Tournament Final. Southern Utah shot 34.9% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the loss. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are averaging 82.5 points per game, 74.3 points against per game, 37.9 rebounds per game, and 13 assists per game. Tevian Jones has led the Thunderbirds this season with 17.6 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. Southern Utah is shooting 46.6% from the field, 73% on free throws, and 34.7% on three pointers this year. 

North Alabama Preview

The North Alabama Lions are 18-14 (10-8) this season after they lost to Eastern Kentucky by a score of 73-48 in the Quarterfinals of the ASUN Tournament. North Alabama shot 29.1% from the field and was -31 in rebounding margin in the loss. The North Alabama Lions are averaging 74.9 points per game, 74.4 points against per game, 34.3 rebounds per game, and 11.6 assists per game. Daniel Ortiz has led the Lions this season with 14.9 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 1.1 steals per game. North Alabama is shooting 46.3% from the field, 71.2% on free throws, and 37.2% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

North Alabama is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games. The over is 4-1 in North Alabama’s last 5 neutral site games. Southern Utah is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in Southern Utah’s last 5 games. 

Pick

North Alabama comes into this game on a three game losing streak and has not played very well in those three games. Southern Utah made it to the WAC Final, but could not slow down Grand Canyon in the loss. Southern Utah is scoring 82.5 points per game and they should have a field day against a North Alabama team that has allowed 92 points in two of their last four games. Even with all of this, this total is too high. All we need is one lull in the action for this to go under, and that is what I am taking here. 

David’s Pick Under 164.5

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