The North Texas Mean Green (2-1) will be at home in The Super Pit when they go head-to-head against the Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (2-2). Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros vs. North Texas Mean Green ATS Preview
The Vaqueros lost to the Texas State Bobcats in their last game, 75-58. With 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting, Nick Dixon was Texas-Rio Grande Valleys leading scorer. Texas State won the rebounding battle. The Bobcats had more offensive rebounds (14 vs. eight), defensive rebounds (30 vs. 19) and total rebounds (44 vs. 27).
In the Mean Greens last game, they topped the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 90-78. North Texas rallied around Roosevelt Smart, who was the games high scorer with 22 points on 5-for-7 shooting. North Texas dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.417 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.542. For those same stats, Bethune-Cookman was 0.205 and 0.432, respectively.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of North Texas. Since the 2016-17 season, North Texas ranks 200th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.0 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Texas-Rio Grande Valley has forced the 34th-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.5 percent).
Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros vs. North Texas Mean Green Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – North Texas, ATS Winner – North Texas, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Vaqueros average 37.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 103rd in the NCAA. The Mean Green rank 291st in rebounds allowed per game (38.8).
- Texas-Rio Grande Valley ranks 38th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while North Texas ranks 210th (3.8).
- Texas-Rio Grande Valley ranks 64th in assists per game (15.3) while North Texas ranks 296th (11.2).
- The Vaqueros rank 25th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while the Mean Green rank 229th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
- Texas-Rio Grande Valley ranks 22nd in steals per game (7.9) while North Texas ranks 210th in steals allowed per game (6.7).