Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Vaqueros and Mavericks. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Mavericks at College Park Center in Arlington, TX. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Western Athletic conference game currently have the Mavericks as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 157 points.

TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS VS UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros +10.5

This game will be played at College Park Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Mavericks.
  • Even though we have UT Arlington winning straight-up, we like Texas-Rio Grande Valley at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Are the Vaqueros Ready for a Win at Arlington?

Through 17 games, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone 6-11. In Western Athletic games, they have a 1-4 record compared to their non-conference mark of 5-7. On the road, they have gone 1-5, and they have lost two straight games away from home.

UTRGV has been an underdog 12 times this season, going 2-10 in those games. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -11.5 points per game, and they are coming off a 76-68 win against Utah Valley.

As the underdog, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 7-5. On the road, the Vaqueros have been even better, posting a 4-2 ATS mark. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, UTRGV has gone 7-3 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Texas-Rio Grande Valley games is 7-7. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 152.9 points, which is similar to the average OU line of 152.4. Today’s OU line is 157. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 161 points.

The Vaqueros’ offense finished with 76 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 75.4 points per contest. Elijah Elliott is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.4. Meanwhile, Hasan Abdul-Hakim also brings a PPG average of 14.4 into the game.

At present, the Vaqueros’ defense is nationally ranked 287th, allowing 79.6 points per game. Against Utah Valley in their most recent game, the Texas-Rio Grande Valley defense gave up a total of 68 points while allowing Utah Valley to hit 50% of their shots.

Can the Mavericks Grab a Win at Home?

UT Arlington is 5-1 at home and 1-8 on the road this season. They have won three straight games at home and are 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

UT Arlington is 6-1 when favored this season. They are 8-9 overall and have won two straight games. Their record in conference play is 3-3, while their non-conference record is 5-6.

As the favorite this season, UT Arlington has gone 6-1 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 11-4. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mavericks are 8-2 vs. the spread. At home, UT Arlington is 5-1 ATS this season and 6-2 in their last 10 home games.

UT Arlington’s over/under record this season is 11-4 and their games have averaged 149.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 157 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.9). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 156 points.

UT Arlington is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 80 points versus Seattle. This output is higher than their season-average of 73.6 points per game. Aaron Cash led the scoring for the Mavericks, contributing 17 points. Additionally, Dajuan Gordon chipped in with 16 points.

At present, the Mavericks’ defense is nationally ranked 218th, allowing 74.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. Seattle, the Redhawks finished with a field goal percentage of 54% and a total of 75 points vs. UT Arlington.