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Utah Valley Wolverines host UMKC Kangaroos in college basketball action

UMKC KangaroosUtah Valley Wolverines
6-11January 23, 2014, 09:05 | UCCU Center9-7

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on UCCU Center Thursday as host Utah Valley looks to handle the UMKC Kangaroos in NCAA hoops action.

The Kangaroos will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 0-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wolverines are 0-0 ATS. UMKC is 0-0 against the total, while Utah Valley is 0-0 versus the number.

View UMKC Kangaroos vs Utah Valley Wolverines Odds and Stats.

The Wolverines - Kangaroos odds would favor the Wolverines if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Utah Valley is rated No. 254 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UMKC is at No. 289.

In their last action, UMKC was a 68-66 winner at home against New Mexico State. UMKC got 21 points from Martez Harrison en route to a 68-66 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday at Swinney Recreation Center.

Last time out for Utah Valley, they were a 52-51 winner as they battled Seattle on the road. The Wolverines grabbed a 52-51 win over the Redhawks on Sunday, behind a 20-point effort from Mitch Bruneel at KeyArena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Kangaroos is ranked No. 215 in NCAA hoops at 33.29 per game. Contrast that with Utah Valley’s No. 202 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Utah Valley is the No. 90-ranked team in the country at 6.88 per game, while UMKC rates No. 220 at 4.82 per game.

Next up:
UMKC at CS Bakersfield, Saturday, January 25th
Utah Valley at Chicago State, Saturday, January 25th