WAC Tournament - Texas-Arlington Mavericks visit Utah State Aggies in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Utah State Aggies Odds
College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Mavericks of Texas-Arlington hit the hard court against the Aggies of Utah State.
The WAC Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at Orleans Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Aggies are 21-9 so far on the season, and 13-13-1 ATS vs. the number. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are 17-12 and 13-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah State go 11-12 and the Mavericks go 10-13 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Utah State in this one found them as 3-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Aggies at No. 70 and the Mavericks at No. 57 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 70-66 result in favor of the Aggies.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah State's No. 151-ranked offense, averaging 68.5 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 58 at 61.8 PPG. The Aggies field goal percentage has averaged 46.6% so far, more than the Mavericks marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.5% per game.
Defensively, Texas-Arlington features the nation's No. 65-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.7 points per game. Utah State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 177 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Texas-Arlington, they were a 69-66 loser as they battled New Mexico State on the road. They covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog. Texas-Arlington got 14 points from Kevin Butler but lost anyway, 69-66, to New Mexico State on Saturday at Pan American Center.
Last time out for Utah State, they were a 71-51 winner as they battled Texas-San Antonio at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. Utah State cruised to victory on Saturday, running Texas-San Antonio out of the gym and running up a 71-51 score at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Texas-Arlington Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing New Mexico State are 2-3
After a loss are 6-4
Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Texas-San Antonio are 1-0
After a win are 6-4
A few Mavericks at Aggies trends to consider:
Utah State is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Utah State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah State's last 6 games