UTSA vs. North Texas - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Texas Mean Green (8-6) at UTSA Roadrunners (8-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -4 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds
Out at UTSA Convocation Center on Saturday, we’ve got an intrastate college basketball matchup looming between the North Texas Mean Green and the UTSA Roadrunners.
North Texas comes into this one at 8-6 overall. The Mean Green have won four of their last five outings, most recently against UTEP. In that UTEP game, North Texas’ Roosevelt Smart led the way on 29 points.
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Smart tops out the Mean Green scorers with 18.4 PPG, and Ryan Woolridge is second on 13.1 PPG. Also in the double-digit club for North Texas are Shane Temara (11.4 PPG; 6.6 RPG), Umoja Gibson (10.5 PPG; two games) and AJ Lawson (10.1 PPG).
Over on the UT San Antonio side, they’re currently 8-6 as well, and have won three of their last four. The Roadrunners’ most recent win came against Rice, where Jhivvan Jackson topped the team on 20 points.
Jackson leads the charge in scoring for UTSA this year, averaging 17.2 PPG. Also in double-figures for UT San Antonio is Keaton Wallace (14.1 PPG), while Deon Lyle (9.9 PPG) is very close to that mark.
The Mean Green are 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. North Texas is also 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and the under is 5-1 in the last six road games.
Meanwhile, UTSA is 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. The Roadrunners are also 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS win and the over is 5-1-1 in their last seven Saturday games.
North Texas has looked pretty good in the win column lately, but they’re playing with fire on the scoreboard. Three of the Mean Green’s last four wins have come by three points or fewer, with two going to OT. That gives me pause in trusting North Texas, so I’m going with UTSA to bag a cover here.