Sam Houston State Bearkats (4-5) at UTRGV Vaqueros (5-2)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (UTRGV Fieldhouse)
The Line: UTRGV Vaqueros -4 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sam Houston State Bearkats and the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros meet Monday in college basketball action from UTRGV Fieldhouse.
Sam Houston State comes into this game at 4-5 overall. The Bearkats had lost consecutive games to LSU and Texas, but got a win over Rice on Saturday. As for UTRGV, they’re 5-2 this season. The Vaqueros have won consecutive games against Texas A&M-CC and Texas A&M International. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Sam Houston State kicked off the year with three straight losses to SMU, Texas Tech and Boise State, but then got it going with wins over DCC, Howard Payne and LeTourneau. Since then it’s been losses 88-66 to LSU and 79-63 to Texas before the Bearkats got a win 82-69 against Rice on Saturday.
In the win over the Owls, Sam Houston State’s top scorer was Zach Nutall with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Demarkus Lampley posted 21 points with seven rebounds, and Jarren Cook managed 12 points with four assists and one rebound.
Over on the Texas-Rio Grande Valley side, they’ve started out the season fairly well. The Vaqueros kicked off with a loss to Texas but then won three straight. In the last three outings it’s been a loss 81-68 to Texas A&M, then two wins over Texas A&M-CC 68-64 and Texas A&M International 89-51.
In the win over the Dustdevils, UTRGV’s Sean Rhea led the scoring on 19 points and eight rebounds. Quinton Johnson added 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists, and Connor Raines scored 14 points with one assist and one rebound in 13 minutes of action.
The Vaqueros are 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games. The over is 8-3 in UTRGV’s last 11 overall and 5-1 in their last six after a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Bearkats are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 after an ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. Sam Houston State is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 overall and 3-1-1 in their last five Monday games.
PICK: I’m going to take Texas-Rio Grande Valley in this one. The Vaqueros have been all over the place in their wins, from eking out tight victories over Texas A&M-CC to blowouts over UTSA and the Dustdevils. UTRGV hasn’t scored all that well against the bigger schools they’ve faced, but they should match up well against Sam Houston State. This should be a competitive game and a fun one to watch, but I like the Vaqueros a little better on the cover.