The Western Athletic Conference Tourney matchup between the Bakersfield Roadrunners (12-19, 6-10 WAC) and the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (14-16, 9-7 WAC) will be played at Orleans Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Bakersfield Roadrunners vs. UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros ATS Preview
In the Roadrunners’ last contest, they lost a close one to the Grand Canyon Antelopes, 64-61. Taze Moore had a good game for Bakersfield, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Grand Canyon did an excellent job of making free throws (14-16; 87.5 percent). Bakersfield, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.6 vs. 20.6).
The Vaqueros will look to keep it rolling after barely hanging on to beat the California Baptist Lancers in their last contest, 79-76. UT Rio Grande Valley rallied around Lesley Varner II, who put up 22 points and seven steals. The Vaqueros had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 6.7 (better than their season average of 15.8), while the Lancers had a free throw rate of 0.224 (below their season average of 0.273).
It could be a difficult game for UT Rio Grande Valley on the offensive glass. The Vaqueros currently rank 163rd in offensive rebounding percentage (28.8 percent), while Bakersfield ranks 59th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.0 percent). It could also be a sloppy game for the Roadrunners’ offense, which ranks 271st in ball security (turnover percentage of 20.3 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Vaqueros, which forces the seventh-most turnovers in the country (24.8 percent).
Bakersfield Roadrunners vs. UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros ATS Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, ATS Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, O/U – Over
The Vaqueros rank 37th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while the Roadrunners rank 107th (20.6).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 10th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Bakersfield ranks 66th (2.8).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 31st in assists per game (15.0) while Bakersfield ranks 219th (11.7).
The Roadrunners rank 17th in rebounds allowed per game (30.8) while the Vaqueros rank 184th (35.7).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 20th in steals per game (8.4) while Bakersfield ranks 141st (6.3).
The Vaqueros have been outscored by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. For the season, UT Rio Grande Valley has defeated opponents by an average of 1.5 points.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 59.6 points per game (6.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.2 points per game (0.3 below their season average).