North Texas Mean Green vs UTSA Roadrunners Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs UTSA Roadrunners
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: North Texas (-6)
The UTSA Roadrunners (4-5) host the North Texas Mean Green (4-4) at UTSA Convocation Center on Friday. The odds on this contest have North Texas as 6-point favorites. The total opens at 144.
North Texas steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 4-4 so far this season. They average 76.0 pts per game (112th in D-1) while hitting 49.5% from the floor. The Mean Green are hitting 40.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (66 of 165) and 70.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Texas is snagging 35.0 boards per game and has 118 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 166th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 13.9 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.6 fouls every game. On defense, the Mean Green have forced 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.0 personal fouls. The Mean Green are giving up a FG percentage of 41.7% (186 of 446) and they surrender 31.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 52nd in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 71 relinquished so far this year. They give up 34.0% from 3-point land and they are 46th in the country in PPG allowed (63.5).
The North Texas Mean Green stepped onto the hardwood against the Loyola Ramblers and took a loss by a final of 57-49 in their last game. North Texas walked away from the game with a 44.4% field goal percentage (20 out of 45) and converted 4 out of their 15 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mean Green converted 5 of 6 tries for a rate of 83.3%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they compiled 25 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 8 assists for the matchup while earning 7 steals and 5 rejections. In the matter of defense, North Texas allowed the other team to shoot 44.4% from the field on 20 out of 45 shooting. Loyola recorded 12 assists and had 11 steals in this game. Moreover, the Ramblers grabbed 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Loyola ended up going 76.5% at the charity stripe by burying 13 of their 17 shots. They knocked down 4 of their 15 tries from 3-point range.
Javion Hamlet is one player who was a major contributor for the game. He had 14 points on 5 out of 17 shooting. He played for 36 minutes and also totaled 3 boards. Hamlet shot 29.4% from the field and also dished out 3 assists. Someone else that played a role in the game for the Mean Green was James Reese. He collected 5 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished shooting 62.5% from the field in this contest by going 5-of-8 (13 points). In all, Reese was on the hardwood for 35 min.
UTSA has a win-loss record of 4-5 so far this season. UTSA has accumulated 724 pts so far this season (80.4 per game) and they collect 42.4 boards per contest. The Roadrunners are committing 19.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 74.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Roadrunners are hitting on 43.3% from the field, which ranks 228th in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.4 times per contest (78th in Division 1) and they are giving up possession 14.1 times per contest. The Roadrunners on the defensive side of the court are 308th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 78.6. The UTSA defense surrenders 36.0% on shots from beyond the arc (87 of 242) and opponents are knocking down 72.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 16.2 assists and 37.4 boards every game, which is 315th and 261st in college hoops. They are forcing their opponents into 14.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.2% from the floor (202nd in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the UTSA Roadrunners took a loss by a final score of 84-69 when they faced the Rice Owls. The Roadrunners were able to pull down 20 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards totaling 35 in this game. They rejected 3 shots while earning 5 steals in this game. The Owls had 20 fouls for this game which took the Roadrunners to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a clip of 77.8%. When it comes to shots from beyond the arc, UTSA knocked down 5 out of their 21 attempts (23.8%). Overall, the Roadrunners finished the game shooting 25 out of 68 from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.8%. The Roadrunners allowed the Owls to convert 31 of 55 tries from the field which had them at 56.4% in this game. They finished 39.3% from downtown by going 11 out of 28 and ended up going 11 out of 19 from the free throw line (57.9%). With respect to attacking the glass, UTSA permitted Rice to pull down 33 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Keaton Wallace pitched in for the Roadrunners in this contest. He made 6 out of 16 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Wallace collected 4 boards in his 30 mins played and totaled 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for UTSA was Jordany Curry. He ended up finishing with 15 points in 20 minutes played by way of 5 of 14 shooting in this contest. Curry finished going 35.7% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Texas (-6)
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