Check out our free Utah Valley 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.
Utah Valley vs Texas-Rio Grande Valley Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Wolverines vs Vaqueros Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Utah Valley Wolverines at Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros
- Where: Edinburg at UTRGV Fieldhouse
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Utah Valley -9.5, UTAHV -505 | UTRGV +374 O/U 153.0
Utah Valley will take the floor against the Vaqueros with an overall record of 12-4. On the road, the Wolverines will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. This season, Utah Valley has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1. For today’s contest, Utah Valley has a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.
Utah Valley’s leading scorer this season is Justin Harmon, who is averaging 14.75 points per contest. So far, Harmon has accounted for 19.19% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.19 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Trey Woodbury is the second leading scorer for the Wolverines, averaging 13.31 points per game. Between him and Woodbury, they are accounting for 36.5% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Utah Valley will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wolverines are ranked 190th at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 414th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Utah Valley is close to the NCAA average at 37.0%.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-7. So far this season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-1. For the season, Texas-Rio Grande Valley has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 3-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Vaqueros being +9.5 point underdogs.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s leading scorer this season is Justin Johnson, who is averaging 20.13 points per contest. So far, Johnson has accounted for 24.57% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.07 rebounds per game and 2.73 assists. Will Johnston is the second leading scorer for the Vaqueros, averaging 16.8 points per game. Between him and Johnston, they are accounting for 45.1% 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 +9.5
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros to cover as +9.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Utah Valley come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Vaqueros and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their home floor.