Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 22 NIT Tournament Game (Cincy Falters on the Road)

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NIT Tournament game.
Cincinnati vs Utah Valley prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NIT Tournament game. / AP Photos/Eric Christian Smith

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Game Info

  • 2022-23 NIT Tournament Game
  • Cincinnati (23-12, 5-6 Away) vs. Utah Valley (27-8, 13-1 Home)
  • Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • Time: 9 PM ET
  • Venue: UCCU Center -- Orem, Utah
  • Coverage: ESPN2, ESPN+

The 2022-23 NIT Tournament's quarterfinals continue on Wednesday, March 22. One of the matchups on the lineup is a clash between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Utah Valley Wolverines at 9 p.m. ET.

Cincinnati never trailed by more than one point in the previous round, picking up a decisive 79-65 victory over Hofstra. On the other side, Utah Valley's offense couldn't be contained in its 81-69 win against Colorado, led by Trey Woodbury finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

So, which team will advance to the semifinals?

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Odds & Spread

Cincinnati enters this contest as a slim favorite on the spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. The moneyline and total odds are not available at the time of writing.

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Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Betting Trends

  • Cincinnati is 9-1 straight up in its last 10 games on a Wednesday.
  • Utah Valley is 6-0 straight up in its last six home games.
  • Cincinnati is 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
  • Utah Valley is 5-1 ATS in its last six games played in March.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in Cincinnati's last six games.
  • The UNDER is 8-4 in Utah Valley's last 12 games.

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Prediction & Pick

Although both Cincinnati and Utah Valley rank among the 51 best offenses in the country, the latter has the accuracy edge. While the Wolverines shoot 46.4% from the floor (No. 47), the Bearcats average a 44.8% field-goal percentage (No. 141). The Wolverines have also heated up from downtown 44.6% from the three-point line over their last three games.

Utah Valley has also only lost once this season at UCCU Center, where it owns a plus-14.3 scoring margin. On the flip side, Cincinnati only has a 43.8% winning percentage with a minus-0.4 margin away from Fifth Third Arena. Considering how Cincy has also lost four of its last six road games, I don't like the Bearcats' chances in Orem even more.

It should still be a competitive contest, but Utah Valley's offense and the home crowd advantage give it the edge.

Final Score Prediction: Utah Valley: 74 | Cincinnati: 71

Cincinnati vs Utah Valley Best Bet

With only one betting option available at the time of writing, let's go with Utah Valley on the spread. Not only are the Wolverines a respectable 6-1 ATS in their last seven outings, but they've also covered in each of their last six games played on a Wednesday.

While Cincinnati has covered the spread in five of its last six games, its recent road play has been concerning. The Bearcats have lost four of their last six away games by an average of five points. With Utah Valley being able to outgun most teams, winning won't be an issue.

Bet: Utah Valley +1.5 (-118)

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