Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wolverines and Lancers. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Lancers at Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler Events Center in Riverside, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Western Athletic conference game currently have California Baptist as the -3.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 133.5 points.

UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES VS CALIFORNIA BAPTIST LANCERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: California Baptist Lancers -3.5

This game will be played at Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler Events Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE CALIFORNIA BAPTIST LANCERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Lancers.
  • Not only will California Baptist pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will Utah Valley Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Utah Valley will look to snap their nine-game losing streak on the road when they take on California Baptist. So far this season, the Wolverines are 2-10 away from home, and their average scoring margin on the road is -8.4 points per game.

Overall, Utah Valley is 10-14, and they have gone 5-8 in Western Athletic Conference play. In their last game, the Wolverines defeated Abilene Christian by a score of 74-45.

Utah Valley has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 12-9-1. Their road ATS mark is 6-5-1, and they have gone 2-0-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. As the underdog, the Wolverines have an ATS record of 8-7-1 this year and have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Utah Valley’s games this year (139.8). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their over/under record this year is 10-12.

Utah Valley is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 74 points versus Abilene Christian. This output is higher than their season-average of 68.6 points per game. In terms of offense, the Wolverines have a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, putting them 320th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 398th in percentage and 352nd in three-pointers made.

So far, the Wolverines’ defense is ranked 107th in the country at 69.8 points per contest. The Utah Valley defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 45 points and allowed Abilene Christian to connect on 7 threes.

Can the Lancers Grab a Win at Home?

California Baptist comes into this game with a 14-9 record, including a 7-5 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. The Lancers are 8-4 at home this season, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

So far, California Baptist has been favored in 15 games, going 10-5 in those contests. The Lancers are coming off an 85-78 loss to Utah Tech, and they are 4-1 in their last five games at home.

California Baptist has struggled against the spread this season, going 8-13. Their ATS record is even worse when they are the favorite, as they are just 5-10 vs. the spread in those games. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Lancers are just 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for California Baptist games is 9-12. Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (137.9). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 136 points compared to their season average of 134.6 points per game. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

Coming off their recent game, the California Baptist offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Utah Tech. Their field goal percentage for the game was 48.1%, and they made 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Dominique Daniels Jr., who is averaging 19.2 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Blondeau Tchoukuiegno also maintains a PPG average of 10.7 heading into game.

At present, the Lancers’ defense is nationally ranked 32nd, allowing 65.2 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.2 threes per game vs. Utah Valley. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.9%.