Eastern Kentucky vs Southern Utah Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/21/23

Southern Utah Thunderbirds (23-12) vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels (22-13)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Ocean Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -3.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels face off in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational in Daytona Beach at the Ocean Center on ESPN2.

Eastern Kentucky Betting Preview

Eastern Kentucky moved to 22-13 after defeating Indiana State in the second round. The Colonels forced overtime against favored Sycamores, and snuck away with the one-point victory, 89-88. EKU is scoring 77.8 points per game, while allowing 75.0 ppg, and shooting 43.7% from the floor.

Eastern Kentucky has picked up a pair of strong victories here in Daytona, and they’ll look to advance to the final here. Junior swingman Devontae Blanton went off for a game-high 32 points in the win over Indiana State, and he leads EKU in scoring (16.7), while grabbing 6.3 rpg. Senior forward Isaiah Cozart posted a 20-point double-double in the first round win over Cleveland State, and he leads the team in rebounding (7.4), while scoring 9.3 ppg. Fourth-year starter Michael Moreno is second on the team at 11.5 ppg and 6.6 rpg. 

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Southern Utah Betting Preview

Southern Utah comes in at 24-12 after defeating Rice in the second round. The Thunderbirds held off a fierce second half rally from the Owls to win by two points, 81-79. Southern Utah is scoring 82.2 points per game, while allowing 50.0 ppg, and shooting 46.3% from the floor.

Southern Utah has won four of their last five games, and they’ve been sharp on both sides of the ball. Senior guard Tevian Jones scored 33 points in the win over Rice, and he leads SUU in scoring (17.5). Sophomore center Jason Spurgin double-doubled in the win over North Alabama, and he’s up to 10.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Senior guard Harrison Butler leads the team in rebounding (6.7), while scoring 11.1 ppg. 

Eastern Kentucky vs Southern Utah Trends

EKU is 21-10-1 against the spread this season, with a 13-18-1 over/under record. Southern Utah is 17-13-2 ATS this year, with a 17-14-1 o/u record.

Corey's Free Pick

Southern Utah and Eastern Kentucky were both taken to the brink on Monday, and I think the favorites will come into the semifinal sharp. The Thunderbirds have been the superior team on both sides of the ball, and they should be able to handle the light margin. Take Southern Utah’s spread here, and give the under a look after both schools found themselves in shootouts yesterday.

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Corey’s Pick Southern Utah -3.5

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