Cal State-Bakersfield at UTRGV - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cal State-Bakersfield  at UTRGV  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners (12-19) at UTRGV Vaqueros (14-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: UTRGV Vaqueros -1.5 -- Over/Under: 135

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The Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are set to face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in the Western Athletic Conference Quarterfinals.  The Vaqueros are (14-16), coming off a 79-76 OT win at home over California Baptist. The Roadrunners are (12-19), after falling on the road to Grand Canyon, 64-61.

In the Vaqueros win over California Baptist, Texas Rio Grande Valley was guided throughout the game by Javon Levi.  Levi registered 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 13 assists. Texas Rio Grande connected on 38 percent from the floor and 19 percent from 3-point range.  The Vaqueros held California Baptist to 37 percent from the floor. In what was a close game, the difference was from the foul line, as the Vaqueros out scored California Baptist 19 to 15.

Lesley Varner II has paved the way for Vaqueros this season, averaging 15.6 points and 6 rebounds.  Jordan Jackson is registering 15 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2 assists per contest. Texas Rio Grande Valley is registering 73 points of offense, while connecting on 43.5 percent from the floor.

In the Roadrunners loss to Grand Canyon, Cal State Bakersfield was led offensively by Taze Moore.  Moore tallied 15 points and 5 rebounds. Cal State Bakersfield shot 35 percent from the floor and 17 percent from distance.  The Roadrunners were out scored from 3-point range, 24 to 12. The Roadrunners had their chances, pulling down 16 offensive rebounds and winning the rebounding battle 43 to 36.  Cal State Bakersfield trailed 33 to 27 at the half.   

Taze Moore is recording 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for the Roadrunners.  De’Monte Buckingham is totaling 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Cal State Bakersfield is recording 68 points, while converting on 31.4 percent from 3-point range. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Texas Rio Grande Valley is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.

Texas Rio Grande Valley is 11-13-2 ATS on the season.

The over is 6-0 in Texas Rio Grande Valley games.

Cal State Bakersfield is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.

Cal State Bakersfield is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

The under is 6-1 in Cal State Bakersfield last 7 games.

The Vaqueros have a losing record, but have turned it on as of late, winners of 8 of their last 10.  The Roadrunners have done the complete opposite heading into the tournament. Cal State Bakersfield has lost 8 of their last 10.  The Roadrunners are one of the worst at defending the 3, ranking 317th. The Vaqueros are even worse in defending the 3, but Cal State Bakersfield ranks 283rd in in 3-point offense.  The Vaqueros have looked great lately, while the Roadrunners are scuffling heading into this tournament. I’m siding with Texas Rio Grande Valley to cover this small spread. Final score prediction, Texas Rio Grande Valley will win and cover against the spread, 71-65.   

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Chris’s Pick Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros -2.0

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