The No. 7 Texas Longhorns will take on the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at 7 p.m. ET on Friday at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Texas is 5-1 overall and 5-0 at home, while UTRGV is 4-4 overall and 1-2 on the road. Satellite schools always dream of knocking off flagship institutions, but the Vaqueros are 0-7 all-time against the Longhorns.
Last season, Texas defeated UTRGV 91-55 and covered handily as a 21-point favorite. This time around, the Longhorns are favored by 26 points in the latest Texas vs. UTRGV odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 140. Before entering any UTRGV vs. Texas picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Texas vs. UTRGV spread: Texas -26
- Texas vs. UTRGV over-under: 140 points
What you need to know about Texas
The Longhorns strolled past the Sam Houston Bearkats with points to spare on Monday, taking the contest 73-57. Texas' success was spearheaded by the efforts of guard Andrew Jones, who had 14 points, and guard Marcus Carr, who had 19 points. The only loss for Texas so far this season came at the hands of the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Chris Beard's first squad at the helm in Austin is an experienced group built off of Shaka Smart holdovers like Jones and Courtney Ramey as well as high-profile transfers like Carr and Timmy Allen. They've clearly bought into Beard's defensive mentality, as the Longhorns are only allowing 54.8 points per game (fifth nationally). Beard will be expecting another smothering defensive performance against an outmatched opponent on Friday.
What you need to know about UTRGV
Meanwhile, UTRGV was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Wednesday as it fell 83-77 to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. Justin Johnson had 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting and also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists in the loss.
Johnson also had 28 points while UTRGV took Illinois to the wire in a 94-85 loss late last month. The Southern Miss transfer, who got his start at a junior college in Georgia, has been pouring it in this season, shooting 59.2 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from the 3-point line, while averaging 20.8 points per game. He'll need another massive night for UTRGV to keep it close against another high-profile opponent.
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