Wyoming Cowboys vs Utah Valley Wolverines Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wyoming Cowboys vs Utah Valley Wolverines
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: UCCU Center in Orem, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Wyoming (-5)
The Utah Valley Wolverines (1-2) play the Wyoming Cowboys (4-1) at UCCU Center on Saturday. Wyoming opens this contest as 5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 142.5.
Wyoming heads into this matchup with a record of 4-1 for the year. They turn the ball over 10.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.4 fouls per game. As a unit, Wyoming is grabbing 37.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 81 dimes this year, which is 52nd in college basketball in terms of passing. The Cowboys are shooting 36.3% on three-point attempts (49 of 135) and 69.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 84.8 points per outing (44th in college hoops) while hitting 48.4% from the field. Defensively, the Cowboys are able to force 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.2 fouls. They are giving up 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 174th in college basketball in opponents PPG (70.8). The Cowboys are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.2% (125 of 296) and they concede 37.2 boards per game as a unit. They are 170th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 53 surrendered on the campaign.
The Wyoming Cowboys faced off with the Denver Pioneers and took home the win by a score of 83-61 in their last contest. Wyoming ended the game having earned a 49.3% FG percentage (33 out of 67) and knocked down 10 of their 30 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Cowboys buried 7 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 63.6%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they collected 30 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 dimes in this matchup as well as having 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. In reference to defending, Wyoming allowed 49.3% from the floor on 33 of 67. Denver distributed 11 dimes and 7 steals in this game. Moreover, the Pioneers pulled down 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Denver finished the contest at 76.0% when shooting free throws by burying 19 of their 25 tries. They also knocked down 4 out of their 12 tries from distance.
Hunter Maldonado is one guy who saw a lot of action in this contest. He recorded 14 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins and pulled down 9 rebounds. Maldonado finished the game at 35.7% from the field and earned 6 assists. One more player that saw the court a lot in this contest for the Cowboys was Marcus Williams. He collected 2 boards and also tallied 5 dimes. He ended up going 65.0% from the field in the game by going 13-of-20 (30 points). When the game finished, Williams was on the hardwood for 35 min.
Utah Valley has a mark of 1-2 this season. The Wolverines commit 21.3 fouls every game and they hit 64.7% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 17.7 times per contest (48th in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per game. Utah Valley has tallied 210 points on the campaign (70.0 per game) and they grab 33.7 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Wolverines are shooting 42.0% from the floor, which ranks 259th in the country. The Wolverines are ranked 255th in college hoops in points given up per game with 78.0. They surrender 18.3 assists and 38.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 296th and 233rd in college hoops. The Utah Valley defense allows 35.3% from downtown (24 of 68) and their opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the floor (275th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Utah Valley Wolverines took a defeat with a final score of 81-71 when they played the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The Wolverines recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for this contest. They also rejected 4 attempts while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Thunderbirds earned 22 fouls for the game which got the Wolverines to the charity stripe for 21 tries. They were able to make 14 of those for a rate of 66.7%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Utah Valley buried 5 out of their 18 attempts (27.8%). When the game finished, the Wolverines finished the game shooting 26 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.1%. The Wolverines allowed the Thunderbirds to convert 27 out of their 56 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.2% in the matchup. They finished 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 7 out of 21 and ended up shooting 20 of 33 from the charity stripe (60.6%). In relation to attacking the glass, Utah Valley allowed Southern Utah to snag 42 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Trey Woodbury ended up being important for the Wolverines for the matchup. He buried 5 out of 11 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which gave him 15 points. Woodbury pulled down 6 rebounds in his 33 mins played and added 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Utah Valley was Jordan Brinson. He ended up with 18 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 12 shooting in the game. Brinson ended up shooting 58.3% from the field while also contributing 5 assists and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Utah Valley (+5) and under 142.5 points
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