Utah Valley University squares off against Houston Baptist in the first round of the Great West Tournament at Jones Convocation Center on Thursday. The game gets underway at 6 p.m. EST. The Wolverines fell to the Huskies 73-63 on Feb. 23 and are 7-3 against them over the last four years.
The Wolverines were defeated by Cal State Bakersfield 73-58 on Mar. 9 despite 20 points from Jason Johnson. He tallies 9.4 points per game and also adds 2.7 rebounds per game. For the Huskies, Rob Lewis put up 14 points and six rebounds in the 71-58 loss to Chicago State on Mar. 9. He is averaging 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
StatSmack! Utah Valley University is better than Houston Baptist
The Utah Valley University blocks leader (Ben Aird, 56 blocks) has more blocks than the Houston Baptist blocks leader (Art Bernardi, 21 blocks).
Utah Valley University is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Utah Valley University is 76.8 inches compared to 74.4 inches for Houston Baptist.
Ben Aird is ranked 3rd in the Great West in points, 1st in the Great West in rebounds, and 1st in the Great West in blocks.
Even computers respect Utah Valley University more. Utah Valley University has a better RPI this season than Houston Baptist (RPI: No. 299 vs. No. 321).