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

Texas-Rio Grande Valley vs Sam Houston State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Vaqueros vs Bearkats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at Sam Houston State Bearkats
  • Where: Huntsville at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Texas-Rio Grande Valley +16, UTRGV +940 | SMHO -1879 O/U 149.0

Vaqueros Preview:

The Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 10-9. On the road, the Vaqueros will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 1-7. So far, the Vaqueros have been the underdog 13 times, going 4-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +16 underdogs on the spread.

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Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s leading scorer this season is Justin Johnson, who is averaging 21.0 points per contest. So far, Johnson has accounted for 25.73% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.26 rebounds per game and 3.05 assists. Will Johnston is the second leading scorer for the Vaqueros, averaging 16.5 points per game. Between him and Johnston, they are accounting for 44.9% 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.

Bearkats Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Texas-Rio Grande Valley, the Sam Houston State Bearkats will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 14-5. Currently, the Bearkats have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Bearkats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -16 points in their favor. For the season, Sam Houston State has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1.

Sam Houston State’s leading scorer this season is Qua Grant, who is averaging 13.84 points per contest. So far, Grant has accounted for 17.69% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.89 rebounds per game and 3.95 assists. Donte Powers is the second leading scorer for the Bearkats, averaging 11.21 points per game. Between him and Powers, they are accounting for 32.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Sam Houston State this season, as they are currently ranked 274th in college basketball at 68.8 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 Bearkats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 227th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros +16

In our analysis of this matchup, we believe that Sam Houston State’s fast-paced style of play will give them an advantage against the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, who prefer a slower game. Despite the large -16 point spread, the Bearkats’ fast-paced style should play a large role in them cruising to an easy victory. We recommend betting on Sam Houston State to not only win but also cover the spread against Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

 


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