Utah Valley Wolverines vs Utah Utes Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Valley Wolverines vs Utah Utes
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utah Valley (+19)
The Utah Valley Wolverines (1-3) head to Jon M. Huntsman Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Utah Utes (2-1). The odds on this contest have Utah as 19-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 144.5.
Utah Valley heads into this game with a win-loss record of 1-3 on the year. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a team they are committing 21.5 personal fouls per game. As a team, Utah Valley is pulling down 35.8 boards per contest and has earned 76 assists on the year, which ranks 108th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Wolverines are shooting 31.9% on shots from downtown (23 of 72) and 65.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 74.5 points per contest (156th in college hoops) while shooting 44.2% from the field. On defense, the Wolverines are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 23.5 personal fouls. The Wolverines defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 48.0% (110 of 229) and they surrender 36.0 boards per game as a unit. They are 225th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 72 surrendered on the year. They concede 39.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 292nd in D-1 in points per game allowed (81.8).
The Utah Valley Wolverines played the Wyoming Cowboys and ended up losing by a score of 93-88 in their last game. Utah Valley wrapped up the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (32 of 64) and made 5 of 16 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Wolverines knocked down 19 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 67.9%. With respect to getting rebounds, they earned 42 with 15 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 dimes in the matchup as well as getting 3 steals and 5 blocks. In regard to defending, Utah Valley allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the field on 32 of 64. Wyoming distributed 17 assists and 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Cowboys collected 24 boards (5 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Wyoming finished the contest at 74.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 20 of their 27 attempts. They buried 13 out of their 25 attempts from 3-point land.
Trey Woodbury is one player who saw a lot of action in this contest. He recorded 23 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played 39 mins and totaled 5 rebounds. Woodbury shot 44.4% from the field and also distributed 8 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Wolverines was Fardaws Aimaq. He pulled down 20 boards and accumulated 3 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the field in this game via 8-of-12 (27 points). Overall, Aimaq was on the court for 35 min.
Utah has a mark of 2-1 so far this year. The Utes have committed 15.3 personal fouls every game and they go 63.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 17.7 times per game (44th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.7 times per game. Utah has totaled 215 pts so far this year (71.7 per game) and they grab 32.0 boards per contest. As an offense, the Utes are connecting on 43.2% from the field, which is ranked 232nd in Division 1. The Utes are ranked 138th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 67.7. The Utah defense concedes 26.7% on three-point shots (20 of 75) and opponents are connecting on 82.9% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.7 dimes and 42.7 rebounds every game, which ranks them 164th and 303rd in those categories on the defensive end. They have forced 16.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (152nd in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Utah Utes took a defeat with a final score of 82-64 against the BYU Cougars. The Utes recorded 15 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 25 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 tries while recording 11 steals for the matchup. The Cougars had 17 personal fouls for this game which got the Utes to the charity stripe for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throws for a rate of 58.3%. Concerning shooting from distance, Utah knocked down 9 of their 28 attempts (32.1%). When the game finished, the Utes walked away from this one shooting 24 for 66 from the field which gave them a rate of 36.4%. The Utes permitted the Cougars to convert 31 of their 56 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 55.4% for the game. They shot 39.1% from beyond the arc by connecting on 9 of 23 and ended up going 11 of 12 from the free throw line (91.7%). In relation to rebounding, Utah permitted BYU to snag 44 in all (8 offensive).
Timmy Allen ended up being a major contributor for the Utes for the matchup. He made 3 out of 11 in this game giving him a rate of 27.3%, which had him finishing with 9 points. Allen grabbed 2 rebounds in his 38 mins and totaled 5 dimes in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Utah was Alfonso Plummer. He ended up with 19 points in 33 minutes played by way of 7 out of 15 shooting in this matchup. Plummer wrapped this one up going 46.7% from the field as well as earning 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-19)
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