Utah Valley vs Colorado Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/19/23

Colorado Buffaloes (18-16) vs Utah Valley Wolverines (26-8)

Game Info: Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 9:30 pm (CU Events Center)

Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -3.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Valley Wolverines will play the Colorado Buffaloes in the second round of the NIT on Sunday night at the CU Events Center in Boulder, Colorado. 

Utah Valley Preview

The Utah Valley Wolverines are 26-8 (15-3) this season after they defeated New Mexico by a score of 83-69 in their last game. Utah Valley shot 47.2% from the field and was +11 in rebounding margin in the win. The Utah Valley Wolverines are averaging 77.1 points per game, 68 points against per game, 40.1 rebounds per game, and 16.2 assists per game. Le’Tre Darthard has led the Wolverines this season with 14 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Utah Valley is shooting 46.3% from the field, 74% on free throws, and 32.9% on three pointers this year. 

Colorado Preview

The Colorado Buffaloes are 18-16 (8-12) this season after they defeated Seton Hall by a score of 65-64 in their last game. Colorado shot 38.9% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the win. The Colorado Buffaloes are averaging 69.9 points per game, 66.7 points against per game, 37.4 rebounds per game, and 13 assists per game. Tristan da Silva has led the Buffaloes this season with 16 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game. Colorado is shooting 43.4% from the field, 69.3% on free throws, and 31.9% on three pointers this year.

Trends

Utah Valley is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games. The under is 6-0 in Utah Valley’s last 6 road games. Colorado is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. The under is 13-6 in Colorado’s last 19 games. 

Pick

Colorado was able to barely beat Seton Hall in the first game of the NIT after blowing multiple leads, but now they will play a Utah Valley team that has won nine of their last eleven games. Utah Valley has scored 78 points in four of their last five games and just dominated New Mexico in their first game. Utah Valley is shooting over 46% from the field and I think this will be a very good game. I think we are going to see a tight game in the first half, but I like Colorado to pull away in the second half at home. 

David’s Pick Colorado -3.5

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