Game Time: 9:30 pm ET, Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Venue: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Where to Watch: ESPN2
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Utah Valley +1.5, UAB -1.5; Over/Under: 152 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Utah Valley +1.5, UAB -1.5; Over/Under: 152 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Utah Valley +1.5, UAB -1.5; Over/Under: 151.5 points
Utah Valley Wolverines: 28-8 (15-3) (1st place, WAC)
UAB Blazers: 28-9 (14-6) (3rd place, CUSA)
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Utah Valley Wolverines: 4-1 last 5
UAB Blazers: 4-1 last 5
Utah Valley Wolverines vs UAB Blazers Preview and Analysis
Utah Valley is coming into this game with a 28-8 record overall and they are 2-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game winning streak with wins coming against the New Mexico Lobos, the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Cincinnati Bearcats in their last game. Trey Woodbury and Justin Harmon each led the team in points in that game with 17 while Aziz Bandaogo was next on the team with 15 points. Trey Woodbury led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Aziz Bandaogo led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 45.5% from the field, 29.4% from 3-point range, and 65.5% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 77.2 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 PPG against them. Utah Valley has an ATS record of 24-9 this season and their O/U record is 16-16-1.
UAB is coming into this game with a 28-9 record overall and they are 4-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game winning streak with wins coming against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, the Morehead State Eagles, and the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last game. Jordan Walker led the team in points in that game with 21 while Trey Jemison was next on the team with 17 points. Jordan Walker led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Trey Jemison led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 37.5% from the field, 13.3% from 3-point range, and 100% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 81.2 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 PPG against them. UAB has an ATS record of 17-17-2 this season and their O/U record is 23-13.
Utah Valley vs UAB Prediction
The current betting odds have UAB listed as a 1.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. UAB had a very good season this year with their 28-9 record overall and they were a really good team in their neutral site games too with their 4-2 record in those games. Utah Valley also had a great season with their 28-8 record overall as they were the best team in the WAC during the regular season, but they don't have as much experience in these neutral site games as they are only 2-2 this season. Utah Valley has also had a bit of a weaker path to this game in this tournament while UAB has had to play much tougher teams in the tournament and they played in a much better conference which had North Texas and FAU in it, North Texas still being in this tournament in the other semi-finals game while FAU is now in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. UAB has had to play a tougher schedule all year and it is going to pay off in this tournament as they have looked really good in all of their games. The best way to place a bet here is on UAB to cover the spread in this game.
Utah Valley UAB Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Tuesday, March 28, 2023 (9:30 pm ET start time) is UAB 71 Utah Valley 66.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Utah Valley Wolverines: 24-9 ATS in all games. 17-6 ATS after a game where they covered the spread. 7-1 OVER as a neutral court underdog or pick.
UAB Blazers: 15-31 ATS after 2 consecutive covers as a favorite. 23-13 OVER in all games. 20-12 OVER as a favorite.
Utah Valley Wolverines: T. Ceaser (F) Ques Tues - Undisclosed.
UAB Blazers: None.
“I’m so grateful for all the fans that came out to support us tonight. We have a phrase that we use in this program: Players make programs. We have a locker room full of great players, great people, and great students. Trey Woodbury is one of the all-time greats to come through UVU.” - Mark Madsen after his team’s win against Cincinnati in their last game in the NIT.
"You'd never have me believe we were gonna come on the road against a team that was playing as well as anybody in the country. Vanderbilt had won 12 of the last 14. They had beaten Kentucky twice in the last ten days. One of those was in Rupp. They had beaten Auburn. I don't know if y'all have heard of Auburn. They had swept Florida. We knew coming in we'd have to play well or this season's gonna end. We shoot 38 percent but we still find a way. I thought defensively we were really determined." - Andy Kennedy after his team’s win against Vanderbilt in their last game in the NIT.
Utah Valley Wolverines
Utah Valley Wolverines
PPG: L. Darthard (14.4)
APG: T. Woodbury (4.4)
Reb/G: A. Bandaogo (10.5)
PPG: J. Walker (23.2)
APG: E. Gaines (4.6)
Reb/G: T. Jemison (8.3)
Utah Valley Wolverines: Mark Madsen (4th season)
UAB Blazers: Andy Kennedy (3rd season)