Davion Buster and Lamar are hoping to be fully healthy when WAC play begins on Thursday. Courtesy Lamar Athletics.
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Lamar, Utah Valley on the Monday Morning Slate

WAC play is upon us. Hopefully Covid will stay away long enough for fans to get a look at what conference play will be like. This is the first episode of daily content during WAC play.

Morning anchor Nick Canizales joins the episode to talk about Lamar. The Cardinals have been dealing with injuries all season. Those injuries are a big reason Lamar has just two wins and no wins against Division I competition. First-year head coach Alvin Brooks has had his work cut out for him. In fact, Lamar has had just two players play in all 13 games this season. Davion Buster has missed the past two games. But, Lamar got Kasen Harrison, C.J. Roberts and Jordyn Adams all back on the floor this past week.

Once this team is fully healthy, we should know more about where they stand in the WAC. Canizales talks about that as the injury problem is what is talked about most in Beaumont.

As far as Utah Valley is concerned, the Wolverines open at home against Abilene Christian. The Wolverines are coming off a pre-Christmas win at Washington. It is the second Power 6 win for a WAC squad this season. And it was on a night when WAC Player of the Year candidate Fardaws Aimaq had a ‘quiet’ 15-point, 15-rebound double double. Utah Valley is off to its best start in program history at 9-3 and the Wolverines have the best win among WAC schools in the non-conference slate.

The Wolverines play the same way their head coach Mark Madsen played. Hard-nosed, intense, aggressive and they out-work opponents. And on Thursday night to open WAC play, it’s going to be a dog-fight. Abilene Christian loves to play defense and they want to force 20-plus turnovers per game. Well, Utah Valley hasn’t taken care of the ball all that well this season. The Wolverines are averaging nearly 15 turnovers per contest. In fact, in the win over Washington, Utah Valley committed 20 turnovers. Keep an eye on this on Thursday night.

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