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North Dakota State Bison vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (3-8) at North Dakota State Bison (8-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -15.5 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota State Bison will play the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros in a non-conference game.

The UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are 3-8 and are coming off of a loss to Utah State by a score of 94-69. Utah State scored at least 46 points in both halves and rolled over UT-Rio Grande Valley in this game. Antonio Green had 20 points and 5 assists for UT-Rio Grande Valley. Shaquille Hines added 20 points and 6 rebounds for the Vaqueros. UT-Rio Grande Valley was out rebounded by a total of 35-31 and had 18 assists in their defeat. UT-Rio Grande Valley is averaging 68.9 points per game while giving up 79.2 points per game. The Vaqueros are also averaging 34.5 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game. Shaquille Hines is averaging 16.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game, while J.J. Thompson is averaging 12.5 points per game and 4.7 assists per game for UT-Rio Grande Valley. UT-Rio Grande Valley is shooting 68.2% on free throws, 33.7% on three-pointers, and 43.1% on all field goal attempts.

North Dakota State Bison vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison are 8-3 and are coming off of a win against Idaho State by a score of 67-62. North Dakota State trailed by 6 points at halftime but came back for the victory in the second half. Paul Miller had 17 points and 3 rebounds for North Dakota State. Carlin Dupree added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Bison. North Dakota State out rebounded their opponent by a total of 42-36 and had 14 assists in their victory. North Dakota State is averaging 71 points per game while giving up 66.6 points per game. North Dakota State is also averaging 34.9 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per game. Paul Miller is averaging 17.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 13.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for North Dakota State. North Dakota State is shooting 64.7% on free throws, 31.7% on three-pointers, and 42.7% on all field goal attempts.

North Dakota State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. North Dakota State is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The under is 5-1 in North Dakota State’s last 6 neutral site games. UT-Rio Grande Valley is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. UT-Rio Grande Valley is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games. The over is 5-1 in UT-Rio Grande Valley’s last 6 games.

North Dakota State has had a very strong start to the season and is playing excellent defense. UT-Rio Grande Valley hasn’t started the season as good and is giving up about 80 points per game. North Dakota State is the better team here and I am picking them in this matchup.

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North Dakota State Bison -16.5

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