Looking to win big? The Trailblazers and Vaqueros face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The Vaqueros are hosting the game at UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg, TX. Utah Tech come into this Western Athletic conference matchup as the -4.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 152 points.

UTAH TECH TRAILBLAZERS VS TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros +4.5

This game will be played at UTRGV Fieldhouse at 7:30 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 81-66 in favor of the Vaqueros.
  • Not only will Texas-Rio Grande Valley pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152 points, and we like the under with a projected 147 points.

Can the Trailblazers Lock in a Win at Edinburg?

Utah Tech is 10-19 overall and 6-12 in Western Athletic Conference play. They are coming off an 86-79 loss to Abilene Christian. On the road this season, the Trailblazers are 3-12, and they have lost their last nine away games.

As the favorite, Utah Tech is 4-2 this season, and they have been the underdog in 22 of their 29 games. For the season, they are scoring 67.4 points per game while allowing 79.3 points per contest.

As the favorite, Utah Tech has gone 4-2 vs. the spread this season and they have a 6-4 mark as the favorite over their last 10 games. On the road, the Trailblazers are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 contests and they have gone 1-4 vs. the spread in their last five road games.

This season, the over/under record for Utah Tech games is 13-15. So far, 17 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line of 152. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 163 points.

Utah Tech’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Abilene Christian, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 70.5 points per game. One area that the Utah Tech offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 40th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

At present, the Trailblazers’ defense is nationally ranked 287th, allowing 76.9 points per game. Against Abilene Christian in their most recent game, the Utah Tech defense gave up a total of 86 points while allowing Abilene Christian to hit 48% of their shots.

Can The Vaqueros Secure a Home Victory?

It has been a tough season for Texas-Rio Grande Valley, as they have gone just 6-23 overall and 2-16 in Western Athletic Conference play. They have lost 12 straight games, including their most recent matchup against California Baptist, 88-52.

At home, the Vaqueros are just 3-10 this season and have gone 1-4 in their last five games. For the year, they have been outscored by an average of 8.6 points per game at home.

As the underdog this season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone 10-15 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year sits at 10-17. At home, the Vaqueros are just 4-9 vs. the spread this season and they have gone 0-3 ATS in their last 3 games at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has gone 2-8 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in Texas-Rio Grande Valley games is 14-13. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 149.6 points, which is lower than the average over/under line of 150.9. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points.

In their most recent game, the Texas-Rio Grande Valley offense concluded with only 52 points against California Baptist. Throughout the game, they made 3/15 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 34.5%. Offensively, the Vaqueros hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 350th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 395th in terms of percentage and 347th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Vaqueros’ defense is positioned 332nd in the country, permitting 80.2 points per game. Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s three-point defense is currently 83rd in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.0% of their shots vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley.