Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah WAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 10, 2023
The WAC conference tournament continues Friday as the No. 2 seed Utah Valley Wolverines (25-7, 15-3 WAC) face off against the No. 3 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds (21-11, 12-6 WAC) at Orleans Arena, starting at 11:30 PM on ESPN+. Utah Valley is a 4-point favorite to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The over/under for the matchup is set at 151.
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Odds
- Utah Valley odds to win: -182
- Southern Utah odds to win: +153
- Spread: Utah Valley (-4)
- Total: 151
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Paradise, Nevada
- Venue: Orleans Arena
Who Will Win Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah?
Utah Valley and Southern Utah Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Utah Valley has a 12-4 record against the spread when favored by 4 points or more this season.
When it has played as at least a 4-point underdog this season, Southern Utah is 3-2-1 against the spread.
The Wolverines and Thunderbirds average 8.4 more points between them than the over/under of 151 for this matchup.
Opponents of the two teams average a combined 10.1 fewer points per game (140.9) than this game’s total of 151 points.
The average point total in Utah Valley’s games this year is 7.1 fewer points than the over/under of 151 in this matchup.
The average point total for the Thunderbirds this season is 5.4 points higher than this game’s over/under.
The Wolverines’ ATS record is 21-8-0 this season.
The Thunderbirds’ ATS record is 15-11-2 this season.
Utah Valley Stats & Insights
Utah Valley’s +296 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 9.3 points per game) is a result of scoring 76.6 points per game (59th in college basketball) while giving up 67.3 per outing (96th in college basketball).
The 37.6 rebounds per game Utah Valley averages rank second in college basketball, and are 4.2 more than the 33.4 its opponents grab per contest.
The Wolverines make 6.5 three-pointers per game (276th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 6.5. They shoot 32.6% from deep while their opponents hit 30.8% from long range.
Utah Valley ranks 183rd in college basketball with 93.8 points scored per 100 possessions, and eighth in college basketball defensively with 82.5 points conceded per 100 possessions.
The Wolverines are posting 84.0 points per game at home. In road games, they are averaging 70.1 points per contest.
Southern Utah Stats & Insights
Southern Utah outscores opponents by 9.2 points per game (posting 82.8 points per game, fifth in college basketball, and allowing 73.6 per outing, 281st in college basketball) and has a +295 scoring differential.
Southern Utah pulls down 35.4 rebounds per game (23rd in college basketball) while allowing 30.1 per outing to opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 5.3 boards per game.
Southern Utah knocks down 8.2 three-pointers per game (87th in college basketball), while its opponents have made 7.7 on average.
Southern Utah scores 100.4 points per 100 possessions (31st in college basketball), while conceding 89.3 points per 100 possessions (115th in college basketball).
The Thunderbirds are putting up more points at home (92.8 per game) than on the road (73.8).
Utah Valley Key Players to Watch
The Wolverines scoring leader is Le’Tre Darthard, who averages 14.3 per contest to go with 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Utah Valley’s leading rebounder is Aziz Bandaogo averaging 10.4 boards per game and its best passer is Trey Woodbury and his 4.4 assists per game.
Darthard makes more threes per game than any other member of the Wolverines, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.0 per contest.
Justin Harmon and Bandaogo lead Utah Valley on the defensive end, with Harmon leading the team in steals averaging 1.4 per game and Bandaogo in blocks averaging 2.8 per contest.
Southern Utah Key Players to Watch
Tevian Jones is at the top of the Thunderbirds scoring leaderboard with 17.5 points per game. He also collects 4.5 rebounds and averages 1.4 assists per game.
Southern Utah’s leader in rebounds is Harrison Butler with 6.7 per game, and its leader in assists is Drake Allen with 3.6 per game.
Jones is reliable from distance and leads the Thunderbirds with 2.4 made threes per game.
Allen (1.4 steals per game) is the steal leader for Southern Utah while Jason Spurgin (1.5 blocks per game) is the block leader.
Utah Valley vs. Southern Utah Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Utah Valley (-4)
- Pick OU:
Utah Valley 77, Southern Utah 72
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