UTRGV vs. Cal State-Bakersfield - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTRGV vs. Cal State-Bakersfield - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, 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 -2 -- Over/Under: 133.5

TV: ESPN+

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros meet Thursday in the college basketball WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena.

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are averaging 68 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Taze Moore is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while De'Monte Buckingham is averaging 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. Czar Perry is dishing 3.8 assists and Shawn Stith is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners haven’t won a non-home game since January 19. 

The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are averaging 73 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Lesley Varner II is averaging 15.6 points and six rebounds while Jordan Jackson is averaging 15 points and two assists. Javon Levi is the third double-digit scorer and Quinton Johnson II is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros have split their last six non-home games. 

The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners not only enter this tournament in sloppy form and can't buy a victory these days, but they're a rough 8-19-1 against the spread on the season. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros can be lousy on the defensive end, but that hasn't stopped them from winning eight of their last 10 games. The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are also just 3-8-1 against the spread this season as an underdog. I'll lay the bucket with the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros.

Randy’s Pick UTRGV Vaqueros -2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.