WAC foes will clash when the Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-17, 5-8 WAC) square off against the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (12-15, 7-6 WAC) at the Icardo Center. Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros vs. Bakersfield Roadrunners Betting Preview
In the Vaqueros’ last outing, they lost to the New Mexico State Aggies, 78-62. Lesley Varner II had a solid performance for UT Rio Grande Valley, leading both teams in scoring with 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting. New Mexico State out-rebounded UT Rio Grande Valley. The Aggies had more offensive rebounds (17 vs. four), defensive rebounds (23 vs. 17) and total rebounds (40 vs. 21).
The Roadrunners are trying to rebound after their 69-54 loss to the Seattle Redhawks in their last contest. Czar Perry led Bakersfield in scoring with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Converting at the free throw line was one of Seattle’s largest strengths. They were 20-23 (87.0 percent), while the Roadrunners were 8-11 (72.7 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Vaqueros won 70-59. The Vaqueros played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.580 and a turnover percentage of 13.6. The Roadrunners put up marks of 0.236 and 21.6, respectively, for those same stats. Despite the loss, Greg Lee was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points.
It could be a sloppy game for the Bakersfield offense. Bakersfield ranks 288th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.6 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of UT Rio Grande Valley forces the ninth-most turnovers in the nation (25.2 percent).
UT Rio Grande Valley at Bakersfield Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Bakersfield, ATS Winner – Bakersfield, O/U – Over
The Vaqueros rank 36th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while the Roadrunners rank 94th (20.4).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Bakersfield ranks 70th (2.9).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 29th in assists per game (15.2) while Bakersfield ranks 210th (11.8).
The Roadrunners rank 78th in rebounds per game (37.4) while the Vaqueros rank 234th (33.5).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 24th in steals per game (8.4) while Bakersfield ranks 133rd (6.4).
The Roadrunners have been outscored by an average of 6.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Bakersfield has defeated opponents by an average of 0.4 points.
During their last five games, the Vaqueros have scored an average of 77.8 points per game (5.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (2.5 above their season average).