The San Jose State Spartans (1-1) will travel to Centrum Arena to clash against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (0-2) in their home opener. San Jose State opened as a 1-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 160.5 points. Action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
San Jose State Spartans at Southern Utah Thunderbirds ATS Preview
In the Spartans last matchup, they lost to the San Diego Toreros, 81-64. With 17 points on 4-for-13 shooting, Ryan Welage was San Jose States leading scorer. San Diego had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.657 vs. 0.409). San Jose State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.3 vs. 7.7).
The Thunderbirds are trying to rebound after their 90-69 loss to the Boise State Broncos in their last contest. Jamal Aytes was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Boise State made 12 of their 27 three pointers (44.4 percent). Southern Utah, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (13-18; 72.2 percent).
The physical Southern Utah offense might be living from the free throw line in this contest. The Thunderbirds rank sixth in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.322, while San Jose State ranks 305th in FTA rate allowed (0.289) since last season.
The Spartans are 15-17 straight up (SU) and 12-17 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Since last season, San Jose State games have had a tendency to finish over the projected point total (58.6 percent).
Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds, are 6-29 SU and 14-15-3 ATS since last season. Games including Southern Utah have had a tendency to go over the O/U total over that same stretch (56.3 percent).
The Spartans won the only contest against the Thunderbirds last season, 92-82. The Spartans dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.433 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.550. For those same stats, the Thunderbirds were 0.317 and 0.492, respectively.
San Jose State Spartans vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – San Jose State, ATS Winner – San Jose State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Spartans rank 99th in rebounds allowed per game (34.0) while the Thunderbirds rank 251st (37.4).
- San Jose State ranks 35th in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while Southern Utah ranks 245th (22.9).
- The Spartans rank 63rd in blocks allowed per game (2.9) while the Thunderbirds rank 249th (4.5).
- San Jose State ranks 115th in assists per game (14.3) while Southern Utah ranks 286th (11.3).