Utah Valley vs UAB Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/28/23

UAB Blazers (28-9) vs Utah Valley Wolverines (28-8)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: UAB Blazers -3 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers and the Utah Valley Wolverines will face off in Manhattan in the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden on ESPN2. Utah Valley won the lone meeting back in 2019 in Birmingham, 66-55.

Utah Valley Betting Preview

Utah Valley comes in at 27-8 after defeating Cincinnati in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Wolverines led at the break, and held on to beat the Bearcats by six, 78-64. Utah Valley is scoring 77.1 points per game, while allowing 68.7 ppg, and shooting 46.6% from the floor.

Utah Valley has been out for blood at the NIT, taking down three respectable programs in New Mexico, Colorado, and Cincinnati en route to MSG. Junior guard Justin Harmon went off for 32 points in the first round win over UNM, and he leads UVU in scoring (14.5). Senior guard Trey Woodbury scored 25 points against the Buffs, and he’s posting a nice line of 13.9!ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 4.8 apg. Aziz Bandaogo double-doubled versus the Bearcats, and he’s averaging 11.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg.

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UAB Betting Preview

UAB comes in at 28-9 after defeating Vanderbilt in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Blazers used a strong second half to cool off a hot Commodores team and advanced with an 8-point win, 67-59. UAB is scoring 81.1 points per game, while allowing 59.3 ppg, and shooting 45.5% from the floor.

UAB may have picked up their toughest victory of the season against Vanderbilt, and they’ll look to keep that momentum going here. The Blazers are led by one of the best scorers in the country in Jordan Walker. The senior guard had another rough outing, but he led the way with 21 points against the Commodores, he leads Conference USA in scoring at 21.8 ppg. Sophomore guard Eric Gaines joins him in the backcourt, and he leads the team in assists (4.6), while scoring 11.5 ppg. Trey Jamison posted a 17-point double-double versus Vandy, and he leads the in boards at 8.6 rpg, while scoring 9.5 ppg.

UVU vs UAB Trends

Utah Valley is 24-9 ATS this year, with a 16-16-1 o/u record. UAB is 17-17-2 against the spread this season, with a 23-13 over/under record. UVU is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Under is 4-0 in Birmingham's last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Corey's Free Pick

Utah Valley truly earned this trip to New York after taking down three bigger schools, and I like that momentum carrying over here. UAB is limited beyond Jordan Walker offensively, and while they’ve been able to survive through the interior play of Trey Jamison, the Wolverines have a big in Aziz Bandaogo who should be able to neutralize his effect on the game from the inside. UVU has been the strong team at the tournament, and it’s clear they’re playing motivated with a positive chip on their shoulder. Roll with Utah Valley to advance to the NIT Final, and spot them the points this Tuesday night at MSG. Also with the total sitting very high, give the Under a look with UAB likely to lean on their rugged unit again here.

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Corey’s Pick Utah Valley +3

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