Utah Valley Wolverines vs New Mexico Lobos Prediction, 3/15/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah Valley Wolverines vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Location: The Pit in Albuquerque, NM
Odds/Point Spread: Utah Valley (+6)
The Utah Valley Wolverines (25-8) are headed to The Pit on Wednesday where they will play the New Mexico Lobos (22-11). New Mexico is 6-point favorites. The total is 160.
The Utah Valley Wolverines faced Southern Utah and took a loss by a final of 89-88 in their last contest. Utah Valley walked away from the game having earned a 55.4% FG percentage (31 out of 56) and converted 9 of 21 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Wolverines made 17 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 68.0%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 32 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In relation to defending, Utah Valley allowed the other team to shoot 44.8% from the field on 30 of 67 shooting. Southern Utah totaled 11 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Southern Utah grabbed 32 rebounds (13 offensive, 19 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Southern Utah walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the free throw line by making 21 of their 30 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 21 tries from downtown. In the matter of personal fouls, the Wolverines ended up walking away with 22 and Southern Utah accounted for 20 personal fouls.
Trey Woodbury is a player who came through in this matchup. He ended up going 66.7% from the field and also distributed 6 assists. He played 36 mins and also collected 8 rebounds. He totaled 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
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Utah Valley heads into this game with a win-loss record of 25-8 for the year. They are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Utah Valley is pulling down 39.8 rebounds per game and has tallied 531 assists for the season, which is 22nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Wolverines are shooting 32.9% on shots from distance (216 of 656) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 77.0 points per contest (57th in the country) while connecting on 46.3% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Wolverines are able to force 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They rank 78th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 369 relinquished for the campaign. The Wolverines defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 38.9% (815 of 2,094) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per game as a team. They surrender 31.1% from beyond the arc while they are 123rd in college hoops in opponents points per game (68.2).
When they last played, the New Mexico Lobos took a loss by a final score of 91-76 when they played Utah State. In relation to rebounds, New Mexico allowed Utah State to get 34 in total (7 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 50.0% from 3-point land by going 12 out of 24 and ended up going 19 of 26 at the free throw line (73.1%). The Lobos permitted Utah State to bury 30 out of 62 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 48.4% for this contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Lobos ended up shooting 28 out of 64 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.8%. Regarding three-point attempts, New Mexico converted 2 of their 10 tries (20.0%). They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw tries for a clip of 72.0%. Utah State had 23 fouls in this contest which got the Lobos to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Lobos pulled down 22 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for this game.
Jamal Mashburn pitched in for the Lobos for this contest. He made 9 out of 25 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 36.0%, and had 2 rebounds. He racked up 20 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and had 4 assists for the game.
New Mexico has a record of 22-11 on the season. As an offense, the Lobos are shooting 48.4% from the floor, which ranks them 17th in the nation. New Mexico has scored 2,680 points on the campaign (81.2 per contest) and they pull in 37.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 13.7 times per game (135th in the country) and they turn the ball over 11.3 times per contest. The Lobos are committing 17.0 fouls per contest and they go 74.4% from the charity stripe.
The New Mexico defense allows 33.3% from downtown (264 of 792) and their opponents are knocking down 69.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 14.0 dimes and 34.7 total rebounds per game, ranking them 279th and 222nd in those categories. The Lobos on defense are ranked 293rd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 74.0. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.5% from the floor (167th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah Valley (+6)
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