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Wyoming vs. Utah Valley - 3/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Valley Wolverines (17-16) at Wyoming Cowboys (19-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm (UIC Pavilion)

The Line: Wyoming Cowboys -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBA

On Wednesday from UIC Pavilion, we’ve got college basketball tournament action in the semifinals of the CBI between the Utah Valley Wolverines and the Wyoming Cowboys. 

Utah Valley comes into this matchup with a 17-16 mark on the season overall. The Wolverines ended the regular season with a four-overtime loss to CSU Bakersfield, and since then have beaten Georgia Southern on March 15 and Rice on Monday. 

Wyoming vs. Utah Valley - 3/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the scoring for Utah Valley is Conner Toolson, with 11.8 PPG and 3.9 RPG to his credit. Also in the double-digit club for the Wolverines are Jordan Poydras (10.7 PPG), Kenneth Ogbe (10.6 PPG) and Brandon Randolph (10.2 PPG: 5.2 RPG). 

Over on the Wyoming side, they’re sitting at 20-14 right now. The Cowboys hit the skids late in the season, culminating in a loss to Air Force before beating Eastern Washington March 15 and UMKC on Monday in tournament activity. 

Tops in offense for the Cowboys this season are Justin James (15.8 PPG; 4.9 RPG) and Hayden Dalton (12.7 PPG: 8.3 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Cowboys are Jason McManamen (11.3 PPG) and Alan Herndon (11.2 PPG: 6.1 RPG). 

Utah Valley is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win, and 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. Utah Valley is also 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. 

Meanwhile, Wyoming is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Wyoming is also 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. 

All things considered, this looks like a pretty good matchup, really. Both Utah Valley and Wyoming have a stable of capable scorers at their disposal, and each features at least a couple of solid rebounders as well. The Cowboys finished the season losing five of their last seven games, but in postseason play they’ve looked pretty good. As for the Wolverines, they’ve been playing better than their record indicates since around mid-February. Betting-wise, I’m not touching this one, but I’ll go with Wyoming given the familiar surroundings and the fact that their rebounding is a hair better. Give me the Cowboys.

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Wyoming Cowboys -5.5

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