Hawaii Warriors (3-1) at Utah Utes (2-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 11:30 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: Utah Utes -10 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Utah Utes will face off this Tuesday night at Titan Gym in the 1st round of the Wooden Legacy.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors improved to 3-1 on the young season after defeating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 85-68, this past Sunday. Hawaii had no trouble putting up points against the Lumberjacks defense and held a double-digit lead throughout the 2nd half after the Rainbow Warriors went into halftime with a 41-25. Hawaii shot 55.9% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Rainbow Warriors outrebounded Northern Arizona by a 35-22 margin and won the turnover margin by a 14-12 margin. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was Zigmars Raimo who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Hawaii is averaging 77.0 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Zigmars Raimo (16.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Jack Purchase (12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg), Eddie Stansberry (12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Drew Buggs (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.3 apg).
Defensively, Hawaii is allowing their opponents to average 63.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Utah Utes improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 98-63, this past Thursday. Utah was outstanding from the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 66-39 lead with 14:49 left in regulation. Utah shot 51.5% from the field and 47.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Utah outrebounded Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a 44-33 margin and won the turnover margin by a 12-10 margin. Leading the way for the Utes was Parker Van Dyke who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal in 30 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Utah is averaging 80.7 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Sedrick Barefield (12.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.7 apg), Donnie Tillman (12.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Novak Topalovic (9.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and Timmy Allen (7.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg).
Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 67.3 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 9.0 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Utes are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games however, just 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
Hawaii has a ton of experience and although they haven’t played much in competition in their three wins, they have been solid on the defensive end as they rank T-63rd in scoring offense & T-102nd in rebound margin. Utah looks like they are going to take a step back this season as they lost a bunch of experience from last year’s team and although they picked up some easy wins over Maine & Mississippi State Valley, the Utes didn’t look that great in their only road game this season, a 78-69 loss at Minnesota. Utah should be able to pick up the victory here however, I think Hawaii is going to keep this a close game and I’m going with the Rainbow Warriors and the points.