Postseason NIT - California Utah Valley Betting Preview

Utah Valley Wolverines California Golden Bears
20-11 March 19, 2014, 10:30 | Haas Pavilion 19-13



Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Wednesday when the California Golden Bears try to run the Utah Valley Wolverines off the court at Haas Pavilion in college hoops action.

The Wolverines will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 1-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Bears are 12-19 ATS. Utah Valley is 2-0 on the totals; California is 13-18.View Utah Valley Wolverines vs California Golden Bears Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 271-ranked Golden Bears and the No. 218-rated Wolverines in this matchup.

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Utah Valley was a 74-69 loser in their most recent outing at home against Idaho. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines got 18 points from Mitch Bruneel, but it was Idaho that prevailed in a 74-69 final on Friday at Orleans Arena.

In their last action, California was a 59-56 loser at home against Colorado. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Justin Cobbs scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Bears to a win (they lost 59-56 to Colorado at MGM Grand on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wolverines rank No. 170 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.03 per game. That compares with California’s No. 91 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where California is college basketball's No. 170-ranked team at 5.62 per game, while the Wolverines rate No. 101 with 6.52 per game.

A few Wolverines at Golden Bears trends to consider:
Utah Valley is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Utah Valley is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Utah Valley is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road
California is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California's last 6 games
California is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home