Grand Canyon (19-12, 11-6) vs. Utah Valley (24-8, thirteen-four)
Western Athletic Conference Tourney Semifinals, Orleans Area, Las Vegas; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the WAC championship recreation is about to be punched as Grand Canyon and Utah Valley are set to do battle. The teams cut up the regular season collection at one win apiece. The groups final performed one another on March 7, when the Wolverines outshot Grand Canyon fifty one.9 % to 42.6 % and hit six extra three-pointers en path to an 82-70 victory.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership might play an enormous position in the consequence of this recreation. Jake Toolson, Conner Toolson, Baylee Steele, Ben Nakwaasah and TJ Washington have collectively accounted for 69 % of Utah Valley’s scoring this season and 66 % of the staff’s factors over its final 5 video games. For Grand Canyon, Carlos Johnson, Michael Finke and Trey Drechsel have collectively scored forty four % of the workforce’s factors this season, including 63 % of all Antelopes points over their final five.
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JUMPING FOR JOHNSON: Johnson has related on 29.6 % of the 81 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 17 over his last three video games. He’s also transformed seventy seven.7 % of his foul photographs this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Grand Canyon is zero-5 when scoring fewer than sixty six points and 19-7 when scoring a minimum of 66.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Wolverines have lately used assists to create buckets extra typically than the Antelopes. Utah Valley has 46 assists on 76 subject objectives (60.5 %) across its past three video games while Grand Canyon has assists on 30 of eighty one area objectives (37 %) throughout its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Utah Valley has tried the second-most free throws amongst all WAC groups. The Wolverines have averaged 22.2 foul photographs per recreation this season.
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