Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for Southern Utah after losing three in a row. After one quarter, neither squad has the contest in the bag, but Southern Utah leads 31-28 over Utah Tech. The finale is shaping up to be a lot like these teams' last head-to-head, which was decided by just a single point.

With five games having already gone down to the wire, it's been a real nail-biter of a season for Southern Utah, and they're locked in yet another close battle with Utah Tech. Maybe Southern Utah will pull away, but we predict a narrow margin.

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Utah Tech Trailblazers @ Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Current Records: Utah Tech 7-9, Southern Utah 5-11

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Utah Tech has enjoyed a two-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. The Utah Tech Trailblazers and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds will face off in a WAC battle at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at America First Event Center. Southern Utah is favored, but seeing as the odds didn't stop Utah Tech in their last game, maybe the squad has another upset up their sleeve.

Winning is just a little bit easier when your three-point shooting is a whole 30.4% better than the opposition, a fact Utah Tech proved on Thursday. They came out on top against the Lumberjacks by a score of 75-70.

Meanwhile, Southern Utah's recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Saturday after their third straight loss. They fell just short of the Lumberjacks by a score of 84-82. The matchup was a 43-43 toss-up at halftime, but Southern Utah was outscored by SF Austin in the second.

Even though they lost, Southern Utah were working as a unit and finished the game with 18 assists. That's the most assists they've managed all season.

The Trailblazers' win bumped their record up to 7-9. As for the Thunderbirds, their loss dropped their record down to 5-11.

Keep an eye on the arc in Thursday's match: Utah Tech have been dynamite from deep this season, having made 36.9% of their threes per game. It's a different story for Southern Utah, though, as they've only made 29.6% of their threes per game this season. Given Utah Tech's sizeable advantage in that area, Southern Utah will need to find a way to close that gap.

Utah Tech and Southern Utah were neck-and-neck in their previous meeting back in March of 2023, but Utah Tech came up empty-handed after a 76-75 loss. Can Utah Tech avenge their defeat or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll find out soon enough.

Odds

Southern Utah is a 4-point favorite against Utah Tech, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Thunderbirds as a 3-point favorite.


The over/under is set at 154.5 points.

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Series History

Southern Utah has won 4 out of their last 6 games against Utah Tech.

  • Mar 09, 2023 - Southern Utah 76 vs. Utah Tech 75
  • Feb 17, 2023 - Southern Utah 81 vs. Utah Tech 71
  • Feb 04, 2023 - Utah Tech 86 vs. Southern Utah 79
  • Dec 22, 2021 - Southern Utah 87 vs. Utah Tech 59
  • Nov 12, 2021 - Utah Tech 83 vs. Southern Utah 76
  • Dec 17, 2020 - Southern Utah 85 vs. Utah Tech 78