Eastern Washington Eagles at Southern Utah Thunderbirds Betting Prediction 02/27/20

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The Eastern Washington Eagles (19-8, 12-4 BigSky) and their phenomenal offense travel to Southern Utah to play the Thunderbirds (14-13, 7-9 BigSky) and their tremendous defense. The game is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Thunderbirds fell to the Weber State Wildcats, 82-71, while the Eagles beat the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 80-70.

Eastern Washington dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5 (above their season average of 27.9) and a turnover percentage of 6.2 (better than their season average of 16.2). For those same stats, Northern Arizona put up marks of 15.6 and 12.5, respectively. Southern Utah, meanwhile, held Weber State to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below the 23.1 mark opponents have averaged against Southern Utah this season). Southern Utah’s John Knight III led the way, putting up 24 points and five rebounds. Eastern Washington was lifted by Mason Peatling, who recorded 27 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

In their first matchup this season, Peatling led the Eagles to an 81-78 win. He notched a double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Eastern Washington’s effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Southern Utah. The Eagles had a rate of 0.550 while the Thunderbirds posted a mark of 0.470.

The Eagles’ Peatling has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 22 points,9.6 rebounds,4.2 assists,1.6 blocks per game. Meanwhile, Andre Adams has averaged 15 points,7.8 rebounds,1.6 blocks during that same time frame for the Thunderbirds.

This battle pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Eastern Washington ranks 59th in offensive efficiency and Southern Utah ranks 26th in defensive efficiency.

Eastern Washington vs. Southern Utah Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Southern Utah, ATS Winner – Southern Utah, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Eastern Washington ranks 31st in three pointers attempted per game (26.6) while Southern Utah ranks 271st (18.1).
  • The Thunderbirds average 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 85th in the nation. The Eagles rank 210th in steals allowed per game (7.6).
  • Eastern Washington blocks 3.7 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 79th in the NCAA. Southern Utah ranks 169th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
  • The Eagles rank third in assists per game (17.7) while the Thunderbirds rank 199th (12.0).
  • Southern Utah ranks 43rd in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Eastern Washington ranks 226th (37.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 7.3 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Thunderbirds have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (3.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (6.0 above their season average).