Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon WAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 11, 2023
The WAC championship will be decided Saturday as the No. 3 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds (22-11, 12-6 WAC) meet the No. 5 Grand Canyon Antelopes (23-11, 11-7 WAC) at 11:30 PM, live on ESPN2. Southern Utah is listed as a 1-point favorite to win the contest and claim the conference title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total is 148 in the matchup.
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Odds
- Southern Utah odds to win: -115
- Grand Canyon odds to win: -104
- Spread: Southern Utah (-1)
- Total: 148
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
- Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN2
- Where: Paradise, Nevada
- Venue: Orleans Arena
Who Will Win Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon?
Southern Utah and Grand Canyon Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games this season it was favored by 1 point or more, Southern Utah has a 9-7-1 record against the spread.
Grand Canyon has a 5-4 record against the spread this season when an underdog by 1 point or more.
These teams average 158.1 points per game combined, 10.1 more than the total of 148.
Opponents of the two teams average a combined 7.1 fewer points per game (140.9) than this game’s total of 148 points.
Southern Utah’s average point total in outings this year is 157, nine points higher than the total in this game.
The average point total for the Antelopes this season is 6.1 points fewer than this game’s over/under.
The Thunderbirds have gone 16-11-2 ATS this season.
So far this season, the Antelopes have compiled a 13-18-0 record against the spread.
Southern Utah Stats & Insights
Southern Utah outscores opponents by nine points per game (scoring 83 per game to rank fifth in college basketball while giving up 74 per contest to rank 292nd in college basketball) and has a +296 scoring differential overall.
Southern Utah prevails in the rebound battle by an average of 5.1 boards. It is collecting 35.3 rebounds per game (24th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 30.2 per contest.
The Thunderbirds make 8.2 three-pointers per game (87th in college basketball) at a 34.7% rate (154th in college basketball), compared to the 7.7 their opponents make while shooting 34.4% from deep.
Southern Utah averages 100.6 points per 100 possessions on offense (28th in college basketball), and gives up 89.7 points per 100 possessions (123rd in college basketball).
Offensively, the Thunderbirds have performed better when playing at home this year, putting up 92.8 points per game, compared to 73.8 per game away from home.
Grand Canyon Stats & Insights
Grand Canyon has a +279 scoring differential, topping opponents by 8.2 points per game. It is putting up 75.1 points per game, 98th in college basketball, and is giving up 66.9 per outing to rank 82nd in college basketball.
Grand Canyon wins the rebound battle by an average of 4.2 boards. It records 33.6 rebounds per game (68th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 29.4.
Grand Canyon makes 8.9 three-pointers per game (40th in college basketball) at a 37.7% rate (23rd in college basketball), compared to the 6 per game its opponents make, at a 31.1% rate.
Grand Canyon’s 99.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 45th in college basketball, and the 88.5 points it concedes per 100 possessions rank 94th in college basketball.
At home the Antelopes are putting up 81.3 points per game, 13.8 more than they are averaging away (67.5).
Southern Utah Key Players to Watch
The scoring leader for the Thunderbirds this season is Tevian Jones, who averages 17.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
Southern Utah’s leading rebounder is Harrison Butler averaging 6.7 boards per game and its best passer is Drake Allen and his 3.5 assists per game.
The Thunderbirds get the most three-point shooting production out of Jones, who knocks down 2.4 threes per game.
Allen and Jason Spurgin lead Southern Utah on the defensive end, with Allen leading the team in steals averaging 1.4 per game and Spurgin in blocks averaging 1.5 per contest.
Grand Canyon Key Players to Watch
The Antelopes’ Rayshon Harrison racks up enough points (17.3 per game) and assists (3.5 per game) to top the squad’s leaderboards.
Gabe McGlothan grabs 7.9 rebounds per game (he also scores 12.6 points per game and adds 0.8 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Grand Canyon rebounding leaderboard.
Chance McMillian is the top scorer from deep for the Antelopes, hitting 1.7 threes per game.
McMillian (0.7 steals per game) is the steal leader for Grand Canyon while Yvan Ouedraogo (0.7 blocks per game) is the block leader.
Southern Utah vs. Grand Canyon Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Grand Canyon (+1)
- Pick OU:
Grand Canyon 75, Southern Utah 74
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