The No. 2 seed Utah Valley Wolverines (25-7, 15-3 WAC) will square off against the No. 3 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds (21-11, 12-6 WAC) in the WAC Tournament Friday at Orleans Arena, tipping off at 11:30 PM.
Utah Valley is a modest 4-point favorite against Southern Utah when the Wolverines take on the Thunderbirds on Friday. A 151-point total is set for the game.
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Odds
Point Spread for Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah
The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with bookmakers listing Utah Valley as the favorite.
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Utah Valley has -182 odds to pick up the win, while Southern Utah is listed at +153 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 151 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Game Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Paradise, Nevada
- Arena: Orleans Arena
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Betting Trends
Utah Valley is 21-8-0 against the spread this season. The Wolverines have won in 18, or 85.7%, of the 21 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Utah Valley’s games this year have gone over the total in 15 out of 28 opportunities (53.6%).
Southern Utah is 15-11-2 against the spread this season. The Thunderbirds have won 40% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (4-6). Southern Utah has eclipsed the over/under 53.6% of the time this season (15 of 28 games with a set point total).
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Key Players to Watch
Aziz Bandaogo leads the Wolverines at 10.4 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.1 assists and 11.4 points. Trey Woodbury puts up a team-best 4.4 assists per game. He is also averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds, shooting 43.5% from the floor and 38.1% from downtown with 1.7 made 3-pointers per game. Le’Tre Darthard averages a team-high 14.3 points per contest. He is also putting up 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists, shooting 45.1% from the floor and 37.6% from beyond the arc with 2 made 3-pointers per game. Justin Harmon is putting up 13.2 points, 2.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest.
Tevian Jones is No. 1 on the Thunderbirds in scoring (17.5 points per game) and assists (1.4), and posts 4.5 rebounds. He also averages 1.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Maizen Fausett is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, making 50.7% of his shots from the floor and 37.1% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 triples per game. Harrison Butler is posting a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 11.1 points and 2.4 assists, making 37.7% of his shots from the floor and 29.9% from beyond the arc, with 1 treys per game. Drake Allen is the Thunderbirds’ top assist man (3.6 per game), and he contributes 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
What you need to know about the Utah Valley Wolverines
Utah Valley has compiled a 15-4-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Wolverines are averaging 76.6 points per game (58th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while ceding 67.3 points per contest (96th-ranked). Utah Valley ranks second-best in the nation by pulling down 37.6 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 311th in college basketball (33.4 allowed per contest).
With 6.5 threes per game, Utah Valley is 276th in the nation. It owns a 32.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 270th in college basketball. With 6.5 three-pointers conceded per game, the Wolverines are 82nd in the nation. They are allowing a 30.8% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 34th in college basketball.
The Wolverines have an 8-2 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Utah Valley has hit the over three times. Utah Valley has seen an increase in scoring lately, putting up 76.8 points per game in its last 10 outings, 0.2 points more than the 76.6 it has scored this season. Utah Valley’s defense has been more stingy as of late, as the team has allowed 66.2 points per game during its last 10 compared to the 67.3 points per game its opponents average this season.
What you need to know about the Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Southern Utah is 11-8-0 ATS in conference play this season. Offensively, the Thunderbirds are the fifth-best squad in college basketball (82.8 points per game). On defense, they are 281st (73.6 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Southern Utah is 23rd-best in college basketball in rebounds (35.4 per game) and 113th in rebounds conceded (30.1).
Southern Utah is 87th in the nation in 3-pointers made (8.2 per game) and 158th in 3-point percentage (34.6%). In 2022-23, the Thunderbirds are 242nd in the country in 3-pointers allowed (7.7 per game) and 214th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.2%).
The Thunderbirds have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 6-4 overall in their last 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Southern Utah has hit the over five times. Southern Utah is scoring 76.5 points per contest over its previous 10 games, which is 6.3 fewer points than its average for the season (82.8). While the Thunderbirds are ceding 73.6 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their last 10 games, allowing 74.9 points per contest.
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Utah Valley, and we predict that Utah Valley will cover the spread (Utah Valley -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 151 points.
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