Houston Baptist meets Utah Valley University in the first round of the Great West Tournament at Jones Convocation Center on Thursday. It takes place at 6 p.m. EST. The Huskies beat the Wolverines 73-63 on Feb. 23 and are 3-7 against them over the last four years.
The Huskies were defeated by Chicago State 71-58 on Mar. 9 despite 14 points and 10 rebounds from Art Bernardi. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 14.5 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, and 0.8 blocks per game. For the Wolverines, Ben Aird put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in the 73-58 loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Mar. 9. He contributes a team-leading 15.0 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game. One category in which Utah Valley University is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 18.1, ranking first in their conference (and 73rd nationally).
StatSmack! Houston Baptist is better than Utah Valley University
Houston Baptist attacks the glass, with more rebounds (36.6 per game vs. 33.0 per game) than Utah Valley University this season.
Art Bernardi is ranked 5th in the Great West in points, 3rd in the Great West in rebounds, 9th in the Great West in steals, and 7th in the Great West in blocks.
Houston Baptist players are more experienced than Utah Valley University players (12,184 minutes played vs. 11,745 minutes played).