The UNC Wilmington Seahawks (5-3) square off against the Utah Valley Wolverines (5-6) at KFC Yum! Center. Action gets underway at 6:15 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The Seahawks are hoping for a better outcome after their 69-67 loss to Radford on Saturday. Chris Flemmings finished with 16 points to lead the team. The Wolverines are coming off an 83-78 win against Texas San Antonio on Saturday. Hayes Garrity played well for Utah Valley, registering 17 points, two rebounds, and one steal.
UNC Wilmington is a big 12-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 152 points.
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The Seahawks come into this game 5-3 Straight Up (SU) and 3-2 Against The Spread (ATS). The Seahawks come into the game with the 32nd-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 83.4 points per game. Teams have a tough time keeping UNC Wilmington off of the offensive glass. They rank 34th in Division I in offensive rebounds. Crossing over to the defensive side of the court, the Seahawks have limited opponents' efforts from beyond the arc, allowing 5.0 three-pointers made per game. Opponents have consistently had the ball stolen by the Seahawks, who rank 10th in the country in steals per game with 9.9.
Teams seem to consistently miss three-point shots against the Wolverines, who are the 49th-best team in the country in terms of three-point field goal percentage allowed at .302. Defensive rebounding is an area where Utah Valley has excelled. The Wolverines average 27.5 defensive rebounds per game, making them one of the best in the nation.
UNC Wilmington and Utah Valley have not played one another in a regular season matchup in recent years.
Predictions: SU Winner - NC-Wil, ATS Winner - UVU, O/U - Over
UNC Wilmington averages 83.4 points per game (ranked 32nd). Utah Valley, on the other hand, allows 74.7 points per game (ranked 240th).
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks have a defensive rating of 93.4 (ranked 48th), while the Utah Valley Wolverines have an offensive rating of 98.3 (ranked 278th).
Utah Valley has an average field goal percentage of 43.5%. UNC Wilmington is an even 2-2 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks rank higher based on their field goal percentage (156th) than their effective field goal percentage (219th). The Utah Valley Wolverines rank higher based on their effective field goal percentage (187th) than their field goal percentage (200th).
UNC Wilmington ranks 80th in blocks per game with 4.6 and Utah Valley ranks 96th with 4.4 blocks per game.
Utah Valley is one of the top defensive rebounding teams, ranking 18th. UNC Wilmington ranks 34th in offensive rebounding.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks average 9.9 steals per game, ranked 10th in the nation. The Utah Valley Wolverines are an even 1-1 when they allow at least 9 steals.