The Wildcats and Wolverines are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wolverines will host the game at UCCU Center in Orem, UT. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142.5 points, and Utah Valley is favored by -5 to win at home against Abilene Christian.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS VS UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Utah Valley Wolverines -5
This game will be played at UCCU Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.
WHY BET THE UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Wolverines.
- Not only will Utah Valley pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Can The Wildcats Secure a Win at Orem?
Abilene Christian is 8-14 overall and 3-8 in Western Athletic Conference play. They have lost three straight games and are 3-8 on the road this season. For the year, they are being outscored by an average of 7.1 points per game on the road.
As the underdog, the Wildcats are 4-9 compared to 3-4 when favored. They have gone 0-5 in their last five road games and 2-8 in their last 10.
Abilene Christian has an ATS record of 9-11 this season and is 6-5 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Wildcats are 7-6 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Abilene Christian has gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Abilene Christian games is 11-8-1 and their matchups have averaged 146.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (145.7). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than 142.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and their matchups have averaged 141 points in that stretch.
The Abilene Christian offense is coming off a game where they scored 52 points against Seattle. They posted a field goal percentage of 25% and connected on 4 threes. Leading Abilene Christian in scoring vs. Seattle was JV Seat with his 9 points. Leonardo Bettiol also added 8 points for the Wildcats.
At this time, the Wildcats’ defense is positioned 249th in the country, permitting 75.4 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Utah Valley. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.0%.
Can Utah Valley Pull Off a Home Win?
Utah Valley will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host Abilene Christian. The Wolverines are 9-14 overall this season, including a 4-8 record in Western Athletic Conference play.
Utah Valley has struggled on the road this season, going just 2-10, but they have been much better at home, where they are 5-4. Over their last ten games at home, the Wolverines have gone 6-4.
Utah Valley has an ATS record of 11-9-1 this season and they are 5-4 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wolverines have a mark of 7-3 vs. the spread.
Utah Valley’s over/under record for the season sits at 10-11, and the average scoring total in their games this year is 138.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (139.7). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 144 points.
Utah Valley offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 61 points against Tarleton State. In that game, they made 4/19 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 35%. In terms of offense, the Wolverines have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, putting them 341st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 403rd in percentage and 356th in three-pointers made.
Currently, the Wolverines’ defense holds the 135th rank in the nation, allowing 70.8 points per game. In today’s game vs. Abilene Christian, the Utah Valley defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Utah Valley made 15 free-throws vs. the Wolverines.