WAC foes will battle when the Utah Valley Wolverines (9-17, 3-8 WAC) challenge the Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-15, 5-6 WAC) at the UCCU Events Center. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Bakersfield Roadrunners at Utah Valley Wolverines Betting Preview
The last time the Roadrunners played, they fell to the Kansas City Roos, 59-53. Greg Lee had a solid game for Bakersfield, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Kansas City held the Roadrunners to an effective field goal percentage of 0.406 (below their season average of 0.487). Bakersfield, meanwhile, held the Roos to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.7 (below their season average of 25.9).
The Wolverines are trying to rebound after their 84-82 loss to the New Mexico State Aggies in their last matchup. Isaiah White led Utah Valley in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. New Mexico State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.5 (above their season average of 33.2). Utah Valley, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (13.1 vs. 16.4).
It might be a tough game for Utah Valley on the offensive glass. The Wolverines rank 289th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.8 percent), while Bakersfield ranks 55th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.2 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Roadrunners won 58-57. Bakersfield had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.4 vs. 22.0). Utah Valley, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.283 vs. 0.162). White had a double-double in the defeat, with 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Bakersfield Roadrunners vs. Utah Valley Wolverines Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Utah Valley, ATS Winner – Utah Valley, O/U – Under
Utah Valley ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.3) while Bakersfield ranks 118th (3.2).
The Wolverines’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.4, up from 1.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 60.4 points per game (6.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (2.0 below their season average).