WAC foes will battle when the Chicago State Cougars (4-20, 0-9 WAC) take on the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (8-14, 4-5 WAC) at the Jones Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at Chicago State Cougars Betting Preview
The last time the Vaqueros played, they beat the Kansas City Roos, 73-60. Lesley Varner II was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting. The Vaqueros knocked down 26 of their 36 free throws (72.2 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.588 (above their season average of 0.477).
The Cougars are hoping for a better outcome after their 71-49 loss to the New Mexico State Aggies in their last outing. Andrew Lewis led Chicago State in scoring with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting. New Mexico State’s rebounding was their largest advantage. The Aggies had more offensive rebounds (10 vs. one), defensive rebounds (23 vs. 18) and total rebounds (33 vs. 19).
This has potential to be a sloppy game for the Chicago State offense. Chicago State ranks 352nd in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 25.1 percent), while the pesky defense of UT Rio Grande Valley forces the eighth-most turnovers in the NCAA (25.4 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Vaqueros won 87-63. The Vaqueros’ 12.9 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Cougars, who had a mark of 30.1. In the victory, Varner II led all scorers with 21 points.
UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros vs. Chicago State Cougars Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, ATS Winner – UT Rio Grande Valley, O/U – Under
The Vaqueros rank 239th in rebounds per game (33.5) while the Cougars rank 293rd (29.9).
Chicago State ranks 10th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 18th (2.4).
UT Rio Grande Valley ranks 63rd in assists per game (14.5) while Chicago State ranks 251st in assists allowed per game (17.3).
The Vaqueros rank 20th in three pointers allowed per game (17.7) while the Cougars rank 207th (23.8).
UT Rio Grande Valley averages 8.5 steals per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. Chicago State ranks 202nd in steals allowed per game (8.5).
The Cougars’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 18.0, down from 19.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Vaqueros have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (0.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (1.1 below their season average).