Abilene Christian vs. Utah Valley State 3/9/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

By: Jim |

Last Updated: 03/09/2022 at 9:37 AM ET

The Utah Valley Wolverines head into round two of the WAC conference tournament following a 22 point opening round win over Chicago State. Defensively Utah Valley dominated Chicago State holding the Cougars 28.6% from the floor and 25.9% from beyond the arc, forcing 9 turnovers in 40 minutes.

The Utah Valley offense shined as well making 49% of their shots 54.5% beyond the arc while scoring 69 points in the game including 37 in the second half. Fardaws Aimaq led the way for Utah valley with 20 points on 7-11 shooting in 31 minutes on the floor. Blaze Nield added 12 points and six assists as the only other starter in double figures and Justin Harmon Chipped in 18 by 7 points off the bench.

The Abilene Christian Wildcats finished the regular season winners of two of the last three games played including two in a row following these five point win against. Tarleton in the final game of the season. Mahki Morris was the difference in the final game this season scoring a team high 18 points on 5of 10 shooting in 28 minutes on the floor for Abilene Christian.

Offensively this season Abilene Christian has three players averaging in double figures as Coruon Mason leads the team scoring 12 points per game on 45.6% shooting. Airion Simmons is second on the team averaging 11.3 points and leads the way with 5.8 rebounds, while Mahki Morris adds 10.5 points as the third player averaging double figures.

This will be the second matchup of the year between these two teams as Abilene Christian won the first game by four points. The Wildcats have the better offense that will be the difference on Wednesday against a Utah valley team in their second game of a back to back. Look for Abilene Christian to do enough in Las Vegas Wednesday night to win and advance in the WAC tournament. Final Score Prediction, Abilene Christian wins 74-68.

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