Basketball: Who are the Utah Valley Wolverines?

A couple of words on the Utah Valley Wolverines (20-11), who visit Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night for an NIT opener against the No. 2 seeded Golden Bears (19-13). Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

The team won the WAC regular-season title with a 13-3 record, then lost 74-69 to Idaho in the league tournament. As a result, according to NIT rules, the Wolverines were given an automatic bid to the NIT.

Utah Valley played two significant non-conference opponents, losing 93-40 at Oklahoma State and 69-54 at Oregon. The Wolverines also defeated two non-Division I foes.

The team is led by 6-foot senior PG Holton Hunsaker, the son of coach Dick Hunsaker, who averages 14.0 ppg and 4.2 apg. Ben Aird, a 6-9 senior center, averages 11.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg.

The Wolverines had an NCAA RPI rating of No. 144 this week. Cal is at No. 63.

NOTE: I am traveling to St. Louis today to cover the NCAA tournament and will not be at Haas tonight. We will have a writer at the game and I will link our story to BearTalk late tonight.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Mitch

    I hope this is a romp for the Bears. They could use some Phi Slamma Jamma and wide open three’s.
    Go Bears!

  • Steve Fischer

    We are 12.5 point favorites – wow that 93-40 loss to OK State is shocking.
    A CBS Sportsline writer is picking UTAH VALLEY.”

    Cal was the first team to beat Arizona this season. The Bears also
    picked up quality wins over NCAA selectees Oregon, Stanford and

    Utah Valley won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title
    by controlling the tempo of games and taking care of the ball.

    If the Wolverines pulled off this huge upset, it would definitely be one of the biggest wins in school history.”

    We can easily win this by 20. Utah Valley is not a good road team vs decent opponents.

  • 707 Bear

    Listening on KGO, how does the crowd look on ESPN3?

  • Rollonubears

    Looks like a thousand fans plus students. Very sad. Street ball on both ends. Utah just firing up threes. Ugliest game I’ve seen in years. Really embarrassing.

  • Rollonubears

    When did Solomon get a concussion?

  • ” I am traveling to St. Louis today to cover the NCAA tournament and will not be at Haas tonight.”
    Why are you in St Louis. Cal is not in the tourney. Are you applying for the Stanfurd beat writer job?