Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3-26-22

Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Portland Pilots and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds will battle for a Basketball Classic Quarterfinals match on Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 pm ET at the American First Events Center in Cedar City, Utah. 

 

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are tied 14-6 in Big Sky and 22-11 overall   The Portland Pilots are 7-7 in the West Coast Conference and 19-14 overall.  

 

The Portland Pilots dominated the New Orleans Privateers at 94-73 last March 19 to advance to the Quarterfinals.  Portland built a 26-point lead at the half and led by as much as 42 points in the game to secure the victory. 

 

Kristian Sjolund scored the highest with 21 points including a career-high six 3-pointers.  Moses Wood and Chris Austin scored 19 points each while Tyler Robinson finished with 14 points and 7 assists. 

 

Portland shot 50%, 17% more than New Orleans.  They made 16 of 34 three-pointers and 14 of 22 free throws.  The Pilots were outrebounded 39-46 and committed 18 turnovers. 

 

The key player for Portland is Tyler Robertson with 14.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.  Chika Nduka leads in shooting at 52.2% and Moses Wood leads in blocks at 0.6 per game.  The Pilots are averaging 74.5 (91st), 36.6 rebounds (134th), 14.4 assists per game is 96th in the league.  

 

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Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Predictions 3/26/2022

 

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds defeated the UTEP Miners at 82-69 to advance to the Quarterfinals.  The Thunderbirds scored 40 points at the half and limited UTEP to 29 points and held on to take the win. 

 

Five players reached double figures led by Nick Fleming with 18 points.  Dre Marin had 17 points while Josh Spurgin added 13.  John Knight III scored 12 points and Harrison Butler finished with 11. 

 

Southern Utah shot 58.2%, 21% more than UTEP.  Southern Utah made 10 of 23 from the three-point mark and made 8 of 9 free throws.  Southern Utah outrebounded UTEP, 38-27 and forced the Miners to commit 14 turnovers. 

 

As a team, Trevian Jones leads with 14.6 ppg.  John Knight III leads in shooting at 53%, 4.1 assists, and 2 steals per game.  Maizen Fausett leads in rebounding at 8.1 and Jason Spurgin with 0.8 blocks per game.  Southern Utah is averaging 78.6 ppg (25th), 37.7 rebounds (84th), and 12 assists per game is 297th in the league.

 

Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds.  The NCAAB pick is the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.  Portland has been inconsistent in their recent matches.  They had a great game against New Orleans but struggled against Santa Clara. 

 

Portland will be on the road again which has been a challenge for the team with a 6-8 road game record.  Southern Utah on the other hand was impressive against UTEP and equally impressive when playing at home (12-3).  Taking the win at home is the Southern Utah Thunderbirds with a final score prediction of 81-76.

 

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Portland Pilots vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 6:00 P.M. ET

 

Location: Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton

 

Date: Friday, March 26, 2022

 

TV: WCC Network

 

NCAAB ODDS: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -4.0

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 154.5

 

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