Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Vaqueros and Trailblazers. The game is starting at 9:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Trailblazers at Burns Arena in St. George, UT. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Western Athletic conference game currently have Utah Tech as the -5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 152.5 points.
TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS VS UTAH TECH TRAILBLAZERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros +5
This game will be played at Burns Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.
WHY BET THE TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-72 in favor of the Vaqueros.
- Not only will Texas-Rio Grande Valley pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 147 points.
Can the Vaqueros Offense Score Enough on the Road?
With a 6-14 overall record, including a 2-7 mark in Western Athletic Conference play, Texas-Rio Grande Valley heads into tonight’s game as a 5-point underdog. The Vaqueros have lost three straight games and have gone just 1-6 on the road this season.
Overall, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone 3-13 as the underdog this season, and they are coming off a 63-54 loss to California Baptist. Over their last 10 games on the road, the Vaqueros have gone just 2-8.
As the underdog, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone 8-8 vs. the spread this season. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 4-3 and over their last 10 road games, their ATS record is 6-4.
Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is similar to the average over/under line in Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s games this season (151.5). So far, the over/under record in their games is 10-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points and their OU record during this stretch is 2-1. For the season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.
Coming off their recent game, the Texas-Rio Grande Valley offense tallied 54 points in a matchup against California Baptist. Their field goal percentage for the game was 37.3%, and they made 6 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Elijah Elliott, who holds an average of 15.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Hasan Abdul-Hakim is averaging 13.9 points per game this season.
At this time, the Vaqueros’ defense is positioned 295th in the country, permitting 79.2 points per game. Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s three-point defense is currently 46th in the country at 5.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.1% of their shots vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Utah Tech?
Utah Tech has struggled this season, as they are just 7-13 overall. They come into this game on a four-game losing streak, and their record in the Western Athletic Conference is 3-6.
At home, the Trailblazers have gone 3-3, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 5-5. So far this season, they have been favored in five games, going 3-2.
Utah Tech has been the favorite in 5 games this season and they have gone 3-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Trailblazers are 6-4 ATS. At home, Utah Tech has an ATS mark of 4-2 this year and they are 5-4 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Utah Tech’s over/under record for the season is 8-11 and the average over/under line in their games is 144.8. Today’s line of 152.5 is higher than the over/under line in 17 of their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average of 150 points scored in those matchups.
In their recent matchup, the Utah Tech offense ended with 68 points against Tarleton State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.6% and made 8 threes. Leading Utah Tech in scoring vs. Tarleton State was Noa Gonsalves with his 17 points. Jaylen Searles also added 16 points for the Trailblazers.
Coming into today’s game, the Utah Tech defense is giving up an average of 76.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.2%.