Check out our free Chicago State vs Texas-Rio Grande Valley pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Edinburg. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Chicago State vs Texas-Rio Grande Valley Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Cougars vs Vaqueros Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Chicago State Cougars at Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros
  • Where: Edinburg at UTRGV Fieldhouse
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Chicago State +4.5, CHIST +162 | UTRGV -199 O/U 151.0

Cougars Preview:

Chicago State will take the floor against the Vaqueros with an overall record of 4-15. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 15th game of the season, having gone 0-15. So far, the Cougars have been the underdog 17 times, going 2-15 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

Chicago State’s leading scorer this season is Wesley Cardet Jr., who is averaging 15.84 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 22.91% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.21 rebounds per game and 2.79 assists. Jahsean Corbett is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 12.68 points per game. Between him and Corbett, they are accounting for 41.2% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Chicago State this season, as they are currently ranked 434th in college basketball at 62.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cougars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.0%, placing them 416th in the NCAA.

Vaqueros Preview:

Texas-Rio Grande Valley heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-8. Currently, the Vaqueros have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Vaqueros’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 2-0.

Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s leading scorer this season is Justin Johnson, who is averaging 19.82 points per contest. So far, Johnson has accounted for 24.19% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.12 rebounds per game and 2.94 assists. Will Johnston is the second leading scorer for the Vaqueros, averaging 16.94 points per game. Between him and Johnston, they are accounting for 43.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas-Rio Grande Valley this season, as they are currently ranked 187th in college basketball at 71.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Vaqueros’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.4%, placing them 451st in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Chicago State Cougars +4.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Texas-Rio Grande Valley as the favorites with a line coming in at -4.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Chicago State Cougars to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Texas-Rio Grande Valley at 6.32 made 3’s per game compared to Chicago State at 7.59. Look for Chicago State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Vaqueros.

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