The Utah Valley Wolverines will travel to the CBU Events Center to take on the California Baptist Lancers this Saturday Night in College Basketball action.
The Utah Valley Wolverines had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-5 on the season after being defeated by the Seattle U Redhawks, 71-65, this past Wednesday night. Utah Valley led by a 54-44 margin with just 7:36 left in regulation, however, the Wolverines struggled defensively down the stretch and Seattle U was able to take the lead for good after a Riley Grigsby three-pointer put the Redhawks up by a 62-60 margin with 1:17 left in regulation. Utah Valley shot 37.1% from the field & 29.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Seattle U to shoot 38.1% from the field & 30.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Fardaws Aimaq who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, & 1 assist.
On the season, Utah Valley is averaging 75.2 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Wolverines are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah Valley has been led by Fardaws Aimaq (19.4 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.7 bpg), Connor Harding (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), Le’Tre Darthard (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), & Blaze Nield (8.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Utah Valley is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Wolverines have a rebound margin of 8.6 and a turnover margin of -3.6.
The California Baptist Lancers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the Dixie State Trailblazers, 79-76, this past Wednesday night. California Baptist led by a 76-68 margin with just 1:26 left in regulation, however, the Lancers had no answers defensively over the final minute and allowed Dixie State to get the come from behind victory by closing out the game on an 11-0 run. California Baptist shot 38.7% from the field & 24.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Dixie State to shoot 48.2% from the field & 35.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Lancers was Daniel Akin who had a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, & 1 steal.
On the season, California Baptist is averaging 64.2 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Lancers are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, California Baptist has been led by Daniel Akin (13.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 bpg), Tre Armstrong (10.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Ty Rowell (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), & Reed Nottage (10.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg).
Defensviely, California Baptist is allowing their opponents to average 64.2 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Lancers have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Wolverines are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. California Baptist. The Lancers are 6-7 ATS on the season and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. WAC opponents.
California Baptist is an impressive 10-1 at home this season, however, this is still the same team that recently loss to Chicago State and can struggle to score the basketball. Utah Valley is coming off a tough loss against Seattle U, however, this is a very talented team that already has picked up a win against BYI this season and I think the Wolverines have no trouble in this one covering this small road spread. Good Luck!