Looking to win big? The Vaqueros and Antelopes face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Antelopes are hosting the game at GCU Arena in Phoenix, AZ. This Western Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 154 points, and Grand Canyon is favored to win by -22 at home vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS VS GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros +22

This game will be played at GCU Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.

WHY BET THE TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Antelopes.
  • Even though we have Grand Canyon winning straight-up, we like Texas-Rio Grande Valley at +22.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Will Texas-Rio Grande Valley Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

After losing their last game to Seattle by a score of 84-56, the Vaqueros come into this game with a 6-21 record. They have lost 10 straight games and have gone just 2-14 in Western Athletic Conference play.

On the road, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone just 1-11 this season, and they are currently on an eight-game road losing streak. Overall, the Vaqueros have been outscored by an average of 14.2 points per game on the road.

Against the spread, Texas-Rio Grande Valley is 10-15 this season. On the road, the Vaqueros have gone 6-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog, UTRGV is 10-13 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Vaqueros are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Texas-Rio Grande Valley sits at 13-12. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 151.4 and their matchups have finished with an average of 151.4 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 142 points.

The Texas-Rio Grande Valley offense is coming off a game in which they scored 56 points vs. Seattle. Overall their field goal percentage was 32.7% while connecting on 5 threes. The top scorer for the Vaqueros was Elijah Elliott with 23 points, while Daylen Williams also added 14 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Vaqueros’ defense holds the 313rd rank in the nation, allowing 80.2 points per game. Against Seattle in their most recent game, the Texas-Rio Grande Valley defense gave up a total of 84 points while allowing Seattle to hit 49% of their shots.

Can the Antelopes Please their Home Crowd?

Grand Canyon is 15-1 at home this season, and they will look to bounce back from a 79-73 loss to Abilene Christian. They have gone 10-0 in their last 10 home games, and they have a +13.7 average scoring margin at home.

Overall, the Antelopes are 24-4, including a 14-3 record in Western Athletic Conference play. They are 21-4 when favored this season, and they are favored by 22 points today.

Grand Canyon’s ATS record this season is 13-13-1, including a mark of 7-8-1 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Antelopes are just 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 2-6-1 over their last 10.

On the season, the over/under record in Grand Canyon games is 15-12. So far, the average point total in their games is 146.7 compared to an average over/under line of 145.6, resulting in an average margin of +1.1. This year, 25 of their games have had a lower over/under line than today’s line of 154. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 152 points.

In their latest game, Grand Canyon offense put up 73 points against Abilene Christian. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49% and made 4 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tyon Grant-Foster who comes into today’s matchup averaging 19. Gabe McGlothan also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.7.

At present, the Antelopes’ defense is nationally ranked 86th, allowing 68.4 points per game. Grand Canyon will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Abilene Christian to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.