The Nicholls State Colonels and the Utah Valley Wolverines meet in college hoops action from JSerra Pavilion on Wednesday evening.
The Nicholls State Colonels come into this one after a 75-72 OT win over Nicholls last time out. Ty Gordon leads the Colonels with 18.5 PPG along with 3.2 RPG and 2.5 APG while Latrell Jones has 10.8 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Nicholls up to this point in the year. Pierce Spencer also has a team-high 5.7 RPG while Devante Carter has 8.7 PPg and 3 APG this season. As a team, Nicholls State is averaging 78 PPG on 47.7% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 59.5% from the foul line while allowing 63 PPG on 39.1% shooting from the field and 29.7% from three this season.
The Utah Valley Wolverines will look to add to an 83-45 rout of Idaho in their last game. Fardaws Almaq leads the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding with 22.6 PPG and 13.2 RPG while Connor Harding has 11.8 PPG with 5.2 RPG and 3 APG and Jstin Harmon’s got 10.8 PPG with 4.2 RPG as the final double-digit scorer up to this point in the season for the Wolverines. Blaze Nield also has 4.8 APG as well as 8.8 PPG this season for Utah Valley. As a team, Utah Valley is averaging 78.2 PPG on 49.3% shooting from the field, 40.7% from three and 62.8% from the foul line while allowing 64.2 PPG on 39.9% from the field and 25.55 from three this season.
Nicholls State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Utah Valley is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games as an underdog.
This should be an interesting matchup between two teams that are more under the radar than most, but I still like Utah Valley here. The Colonels don’t really have a bad loss, but the Wolverines have done a good job beating the teams on their level and beating them up moreso. Nicholls State’s a solid team and this may be a game to just watch rather than bet, but I lean Utah Valley’s way here.