Check out our free UT Arlington 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.
UT Arlington vs Texas-Rio Grande Valley Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
Mavericks vs Vaqueros Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UT Arlington Mavericks at Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros
- Where: Edinburg at UTRGV Fieldhouse
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: UT Arlington +3, TXA +130 | UTRGV -160 O/U 144.5
The UT Arlington Mavericks head into today’s game in what will be their 25th game of the season, posting a record of 8-16. So far, the Mavericks have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. For the season, UT Arlington has been the underdog in 21 games, sitting with a mark of 4-17. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mavericks being +3 point underdogs.
Shemar Wilson comes into today’s game as the Mavericks’ leading scorer at 11.0 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UT Arlington’s top rebounder at 7.83 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kyron Gibson, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.09 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.7% of his shots and is adding 2.09 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UT Arlington this season, as they are currently ranked 323rd in college basketball at 67.2 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 Mavericks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.3%, placing them 399th in the NCAA.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley heads into this matchup having played 24 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-12. So far this season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-3. The Vaqueros’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 3-0.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s leading scorer this season is Justin Johnson, who is averaging 20.92 points per contest. So far, Johnson has accounted for 26.73% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.08 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Will Johnston is the second leading scorer for the Vaqueros, averaging 14.65 points per game. Between him and Johnston, they are accounting for 44.7% 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: Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros -3
Heading into this matchup, the oddmakers have the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros as the -3 point favorites over the UT Arlington Mavericks. Even though this will be a tough road matchup for the Vaqueros’, look for a strong defensive effort to lead them to a victory. When it comes to getting a bet down on the spread, we see UT Arlington struggling with their outside shot, as this has been a trend all season long. On the other side, even though the Texas-Rio Grande Valley also hasn’t been lighting it up from downtown, our projections show them putting together a good offensive performance. For today’s game, our recommendation is to take Texas-Rio Grande Valley laying the points.