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UTSA vs. North Texas - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas at UTSA
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
UTSA Convocation Center
San Antonio, Texas
The Line
UTSA Roadrunners +2.5 O/U: 142
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | North Texas at UTSA
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The North Texas Mean Green and the UTSA Roadrunners will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

North Texas cruises into this matchup at a nice 16-1 on the season. Since falling to Oklahoma on November 27, the Green have rattled off wins over Indiana State, TX-Arlington, New Mexico, AR-Pine Bluff, Rice, LA Tech, Southern Miss and UTEP in succession.

In the win over the Miners, North Texas’ top scorers were Roosevelt Smart and Umoja Gibson, each with 13 points alongside 11 rebounds and four assists between them. Michael Miller added 11 points and three boards for the Green there.

Over on the UT-San Antonio side, they’re 9-7 this year. The Roadrunners are enjoying a nice four-game win streak right now, taking out Southeastern Oklahoma, UTEP (twice) and Rice in that span.

In the win over Rice, UTSA’s Jhivvan Jackson led the charge on 24 points, three assists and five rebounds. Nick Allen added 20 points and five boards, while Giovanni De Nicolao put up 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

North Texas is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine Saturday games. The Green are 0-4 ATS in their last four following an ATS win and the under is 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 versus CUSA.

Meanwhile, the Roadrunners are 9-0 ATS in their last nine Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. UTSA is 5-1 ATS in their last six versus CUSA and 19-7 ATS in the last 26 overall.

Well, North Texas is rolling right along, but if you’re a pessimist you’ll point to the fact that they haven’t gotten past 65 points in any of their last three games, and none of those three wins came by more than seven points.

UTSA has the scoring to keep up here, but if the Mean Green can keep a lid on it they’ve got a good shot at covering. I’m going to stick with the hot hand in North Texas in this one, but keep in mind that UTSA has been really good in most facets against the spread, so it’s far from a proverbial slam-dunk with the Green.

Pick:
North Texas Mean Green -2.5

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