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This may be the most epic mascot battle of the NCAAB postseason. In tonight’s final game of the NIT quarterfinals, the Cincinnati Bearcats visit the Utah Valley Wolverines. This one should go down to the last possession.

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Prediction: Can The Wolverines Win This NIT Quarterfinal?

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Utah Valley vs. Cincinnati Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: March 22, 2023
  • Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+, ESPN2

Utah Valley vs. Cincinnati Odds

  • Spread: Utah Valley -1 (-110) | Cincinnati +1 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Utah Valley (-112) | Cincinnati (+110)
  • Total: 147 (O (-110), U (-1105)

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Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Prediction

Utah Valley covered at a 72% rate, cashing in 23 of their 32 games this season. They were the best team ATS in the country. Do you know who covered the fifth most in college basketball this season? The Cincinnati Bearcats covered 23 of their 34 games. Both of these teams outperformed the market and overcame many’s expectations.

When Fardaws Aimaq transferred from the Valley last season, I thought it was over for Mark Madsen and his Wolverines. Coach Madsen led UVU to a WAC regular season title and an impressive 25-8 record up to this point. Madsen is a two-time NBA champ in his fourth season with Utah Valley. This team has improved every season under Madsen and is currently playing some of their best basketball of the season. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back outright wins as underdogs against New Mexico and Colorado.

Justin Harmon has been carrying Utah Valley throughout the NIT, dropping 32 against New Mexico in the first round and 18 against the Buffs in round two. Don’t let senior Trey Woodbury get hot, either. The savvy sharpshooter dropped 25 in the Wolverines' last game. This team is entering the NIT quarterfinals in the midst of playing their best basketball of the season. Coach Madsen has his veteran backcourt playing at their best, while sophomore center Aziz Bandaogo holds down the paint. The seven-footer from Senegal has scored above his season average in four of his last five games. Bandaogo looks confident and ready to anchor the paint. Cincinnati has Viktor Lakhin, the Russian sophomore forward, to throw at Bandaogo, but that may not be enough to slow down UVU’s big man. Most importantly, Bandaogo will create a wall around the hoop and prevent shifty guards Landers Nolley and David DeJulius from getting to the rim.

Landers has played great down the stretch for Cincy, and fifth-year David DeJulius has finally woken up and started to play aggressively. This may play into Utah Valley’s strengths, as they like to run and push the tempo. If DeJulius tries to win this game on his own, he will struggle to get past the 15th-rated defense in the nation. Bandaogo poses a huge threat to the Bearcats’ interior offense.

Another advantage the Valley holds over Cincy would be rebounding, which UVU ranks third in the nation. Utah Valley should have plenty of second-chance opportunities, and with how well their backcourt has shot it recently, I don’t see how the Wolverines don’t win this game.

Utah Valley opened up a small underdog when the line initially dropped but are now the betting favorite. This is an interesting line move, considering only 36% of bets are currently backing UVU on the spread (per DraftKings). I haven’t been able to find any injury news or other notable reasons for this line to move. Utah Valley is, without a doubt, the sharp side in tonight’s contest; (on DraftKings) less than 35% of bets are backing them to win this game tonight! Bet with the sharps and back the Wolverines of Utah Valley to come out victorious in the NIT Quarterfinals on their home floor tonight.

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Pick

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