The Chicago State Cougars (4-14, 0-3 WAC), who are currently riding an eight-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they head to UTRGV Fieldhouse to square off against the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (5-10, 1-1 WAC). Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Chicago State Cougars vs. UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros Odds Preview
In the Cougars’ last outing, they lost big to the New Mexico State Aggies, 93-54. Chicago State’s Xavier Johnson had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting. New Mexico State had a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 18.4). Chicago State, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-21; 81.0 percent).
The Vaqueros come in on a high note after beating the Kansas City Roos in their last matchup, 76-64. Javon Levi had a good game for UT Rio Grande Valley, putting up 15 points and 12 assists. UT Rio Grande Valley played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 46.2 (above their season average of 28.9) and a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 15.9). Kansas City had marks of 22.2 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats.
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Chicago State. Chicago State ranks 350th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 24.7 percent), while the disruptive defense of UT Rio Grande Valley forces the 12th-most turnovers in the NCAA (25.9 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Vaqueros won both matchups last season. In the last matchup, UT Rio Grande Valley won 82-77. UT Rio Grande Valley had a much better turnover percentage (13.9 vs. 20.4). Chicago State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.340 vs. 0.268).
Chicago State Cougars vs. UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, ATS Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, O/U – Under
The Vaqueros rank 43rd in blocks per game (4.4) while the Cougars rank 136th (2.7).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 187th in rebounds per game (34.5) while Chicago State ranks 248th (32.2).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 16th in three pointers allowed per game (17.1) while Chicago State ranks 218th (24.7).
The Vaqueros rank 27th in steals per game (8.9) while the Cougars rank 194th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 106th in assists per game (13.8) while Chicago State ranks 242nd in assists allowed per game (17.8).
The Vaqueros have been outscored by an average of 7.2 points in their last five games. For the season, UT Rio Grande Valley has defeated opponents by an average of 1.1 points.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 55.6 points per game (9.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 89.8 points per game (5.1 above their season average).