The 2023 NIT will feature a duo of semifinal matchups this Tuesday in Las Vegas. This time around we will focus on the Utah Valley Wolverines versus the UAB Blazers matchup. Utah Valley is currently 28-8 this season after important victories over Colorado and Cincinnati in the last 2 rounds. UAB boasts a 28-9 record with their most impressive win being over Vanderbilt in the quarterfinal.
Tipoff is set to start at 9:30 pm Eastern Time in Las Vegas.
Utah Valley is known to be balanced on offense with 4 players averaging double figures this season. The Wolverines are good at everything but master at none, scoring 1.08 points per possession, with them focusing on ball rotation with 16.1 assists per game. Utah Valley is also above average in free throw creation showcasing 21.0 attempts per bout, 2 point accuracy with 52.7% and free throw accuracy recording 73.8%.
Utah Valley is even stronger on the other side of the court, boasting a top 25 national rank in overall defensive efficiency. The Wolverines rank in the top 5 of the country at field goal percentage allowed and 2 point percentage given, with their main achievement being leading the country with 6.6 blocked shots per game, an outrageous mark.
As for UAB, they are led by a versatile senior guard in Jordan Walker, he currently ranks in the top 5 in the nation for scoring with 22.4 points per contest, Walker has become the main and almost absolute catalyst of the offense, scoring 111 points per 100 possessions this season plus being aggressive in the rim securing 36.1% of missed shots via offensive rebounds.
The Blazers are also in the top 25 country wide for free throw attempts with 22.2, plus showing proficiency in deep shots with 35.5%. However this time around we believe UABs star might be easy to strategize against, as the squad mostly depends on his creativity on the offense. Ultimately we give an edge to Utah Valley as they should be able to suppress Walker in this matchup.
Utah Valley Wolverines vs UAB Blazers Game Information
- Date: 03/28/2023
- Time: 09:30 PM ET
- Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV.
- How to Watch Utah Valley vs UAB : ESPN+
- Live Stream: CBS.com
Utah Valley vs UAB Betting Lines
Utah Valley is +150 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $150.On the other side, UAB is -175 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $57.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Utah Valley at a 40.00% chance of winning the game, meanwhile UAB has 63.64% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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