NCAAB Free Pick: Grand Canyon Antelopes at Utah Valley Wolverines 2018-03-09

NCAAB Free Pick: Grand Canyon Antelopes at Utah Valley Wolverines 2018-03-09

The Utah Valley Wolverines (18-9) will meet the Grand Canyon Antelopes (19-10) here at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in this tussle. The line on the Wolverines is -1.5 while the total shows at 140.5. For those looking to deliver a slam dunk with your college basketball picks today, you have come to the right place.

Playing out of the Western Athletic, the Grand Canyon Antelopes rank number 2 in conference play. On the national stage, the Antelopes currently sit at number 108 overall on the oddsmakers power ratings poll.

The Utah Valley Wolverines currently rank number 3 in Western Athletic conference play and when stacked up against all the college basketball teams in the country, they currently sit at number 108 according to national oddsmakers.


Taking a look at the Sportsbook reports on game day morning, these are the reported consensus trends in betting volume from participating sportsbooks. Note that these numbers will change as more action comes in as we get closer to game time, but it is always worth a look at the morning reports just to see where the money is going.

  • Betting Grand Canyon against the spread(1.5): 51%
  • Betting Grand Canyon to win straight up(): 48%
  • Betting Utah Valley against the spread(-1.5): 49%
  • Betting Utah Valley to win straight up(): 52%
  • Betting Over the Total(140.5): 50%
  • Betting Under the Total(140.5): 50%

Important to remember that the above consensus numbers are an early snapshot of public action. The Professional Handicappers League has a few professional consensus services for those looking for a consensus of expert sports picks. Personally, we like to know where the money goes early, especially looking for drastic early money on one side, which is often "smart money", whereas heavy action closer to game time is usually "square money".


The Utah Valley Wolverines is a team we have a pretty strong read on and have had a lot of success betting or against. We have placed 8 documented premium wagers on Wolverines games in the last decade, winning 6, next to just 2 for a winning rate of 75.00% and profits of $3880.00. We do not have a premium selection in this game today, but we do have a strong opinion.

Some of the factors we look at are the total points being scored by both teams, which is 156.3. Together, the teams average 131.2 points allowed, which gives us expected total points of 143.75, which can be compared against the over/under offered by oddsmakers for those inclined to bet on totals.

To determine the game-winner and to consider the spread in a game we can look at point differential as well, but it is wise to weigh the power rating differential even more. In this game, which is considered "neutral", the power rating on the Utah Valley Wolverines is 75.5 while the Grand Canyon Antelopes bring a rating of 75.5, meaning, a reasonable line on this game for Utah Valley is 0.

Taking everything into consideration we do have a free pick opinion on this game.

Power Plays says, take the Utah Valley Wolverines -2/-106
(Record for Professional Handicapper Power Plays betting on or against the Utah Valley Wolverines: 6-2/75.00%, +3880.00)


Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Power Plays
Grand Canyon Antelopes, Utah Valley Wolverines, College Basketball Betting, March Madness bets, NCAA wagering, NCAAB Free Picks, College Basketball Predictions, Betting College Hoops

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