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Utah Valley vs. Grand Canyon - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Grand Canyon vs. Utah Valley
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 11:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Orleans Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Line
The Line: Utah Valley -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Grand Canyon Antelopes and Utah Valley Wolverines meet Friday in the college basketball WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena.

The Grand Canyon Antelopes look for another victory after beating Seattle on Thursday. The Grand Canyon Antelopes are averaging 76.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Carlos Johnson  is averaging 13.6 points and 1.3 assists while Alessandro Lever is averaging 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Michael Finke is the third double-digit scorer and Damari Milstead is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Grand Canyon Antelopes are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Grand Canyon Antelopes are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Grand Canyon Antelopes have split their last six non-home games.

The Utah Valley Wolverines look for another victory after beating UMKC on Thursday. The Utah Valley Wolverines are averaging 77.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Jake Toolson is averaging 16.3 points and 2.2 assists while Conner Toolson is averaging 13 points and 3.1 rebounds. Ben Nakwaasah is dishing 3.2 assists and Connor MacDougall is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Utah Valley Wolverines are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Valley Wolverines are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Valley Wolverines have won their last four non-home games.

The Antelopes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win. The Wolverines are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Athletic, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Wolverines last 4 Friday games. The over is 7-0 in Antelopes last 7 overall.

Utah Valley just beat Grand Canyon by 12 points last week, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from three, and that was with turning the ball over 21 times. The Utah Valley Wolverines enter this contest shooting a hot basketball yet again, and they're 7-1 ATS this season when favored by less than eight points. The Grand Canyon Antelopes are a balanced team more than capable of winning a game like this, but the depth of the Wolverines could be too much. It's also hard to ignore what happened when these teams just met. I'll give the slight edge to Utah Valley.

Pick:
Utah Valley -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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