Hawaii is on the road but looking no worse for wear. They are fully in control with a 43-23 lead over UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Hawaii entered the contest having won three straight and they're just one half away from another. Will they make it four, or will UT-Rio Grande Valley step up and spoil it? We'll know soon.
UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros @ Hawaii Warriors
Current Records: UT-Rio Grande Valley 2-3, Hawaii 2-0
How To Watch
- When: Friday, November 24, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Acrisure Arena -- Palm Springs, California
- Follow: CBS Sports App
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- Ticket Cost: $25.00
What to Know
Hawaii has played every game this season on their home court, but they'll have to hit the road on Friday. They will face off against the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at 8:00 p.m. ET at Acrisure Arena. Both teams come into the contest bolstered by wins in their previous matches.
Last Wednesday, the Warriors beat the Lumberjacks 70-61.
Meanwhile, UT-Rio Grande Valley's three-game losing streak finally came to an end on Monday. Everything went their way against the Stallions as the Vaqueros made off with a 92-73 win. The victory was just what UT-Rio Grande Valley needed coming off of a 90-66 defeat in their prior match.
The Warriors' win was their third straight at home, which pushed their record up to 2-0. Those victories were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 81.3 points per game. As for the Vaqueros, their win bumped their record up to 2-3.
Going forward, Hawaii shouldn't be too worried about this matchup, as the experts have them favored by 11 points. This will be their first time playing as the underdogs this season.
This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: Hawaii have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 37.3 rebounds per game. However, it's not like UT-Rio Grande Valley struggles in that department as they've been even better at 37.4 per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out. Check CBS Sports after the action for a full breakdown of the game and more NCAA Basketball content.
UT-Rio Grande Valley is a big 11-point favorite against Hawaii, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 11-point spread, and stayed right there.
The over/under is set at 149.5 points.