UTEP Miners vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: UTEP (+17.5)
The UTEP Miners (2-1) are headed to McKale Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Arizona Wildcats (4-0). The odds on this game have Arizona as 17.5-point favorites. The total is set at 137.5.
UTEP will play this game with a mark of 2-1 so far this season. They are averaging 81.7 points per contest (65th in D-1) while going 46.3% from the floor. The Miners are shooting 37.3% on shots from distance (25 of 67) and 75.0% from the free throw line. As a team, UTEP is snagging 36.7 boards per game and has tallied 49 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 196th in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 10.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 12.7 personal fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Miners are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game while drawing 15.7 fouls. The Miners defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 46.3% (82 of 177) and they concede 34.7 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 71st in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 34 conceded on the season. They surrender 38.2% on shots from downtown while they are 205th in college hoops in points per game allowed (73.0).
The UTEP Miners faced the St. Mary's Gaels and ended up losing by a score of 73-61 in their last game. UTEP finished the contest with a 37.5% FG percentage (24 of 64) and made 6 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Miners made 7 of 8 tries for a rate of 87.5%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they collected 23 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 6 assists in the matchup while getting 7 steals and 2 blocks. In the matter of defending, UTEP allowed the other team to go 37.5% from the floor on 24 of 64. St. Mary's doled out 8 assists and 5 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Gaels grabbed 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. St. Mary's shot 76.2% from the free throw line by making 16 of 21 tries. They also knocked down 5 out of their 11 attempts from distance.
Souley Boum is a guy who was pivotal in this contest. He left the arena with 21 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 40 minutes and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Boum finished shooting 43.8% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Miners was Bryson Williams. He snagged 8 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field in the game by shooting 7-of-14 (17 points). Overall, Williams was on the court for 28 minutes.
Arizona has a mark of 4-0 on the campaign. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 20.3 fouls per contest and they go 70.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 18.3 times per contest (35th in Division 1) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. Arizona has earned 325 pts for the campaign (81.3 per game) and they average 42.3 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Wildcats are connecting on 47.6% from the floor, which is ranked 115th in the nation. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 33rd in the country in points allowed per game with 58.8. The Arizona defense surrenders 24.2% on 3-pointers (22 of 91) and opponents are converting on 70.8% of their foul shots. They have given up 10.8 dimes and 29.3 total rebounds per game, ranking them 70th and 22nd in Division 1. They are forcing 15.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 35.8% from the field (24th in D-1).
When they last played, the Arizona Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 85-60 when they faced the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners. The Wildcats snagged 23 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the contest. They blocked 7 shots while earning 9 steals in the matchup. The Roadrunners had 18 fouls for the game which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for 21 shots. They were able to convert 19 of them for a percentage of 90.5%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Arizona made 12 of their 28 tries (42.9%). Overall, the Wildcats ended up going 27 out of 56 from the field which had them at 48.2%. The Wildcats allowed the Roadrunners to convert 21 of 52 tries from the field which had them shooting 40.4% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 23.5% from downtown by connecting on 4 of 17 and ended up shooting 14 out of 21 at the free throw line (66.7%). When discussing rebounding, Arizona allowed CSU Bakersfield to snag 26 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Dalen Terry ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Wildcats for the game. He made 4 of 5 for the game giving him a rate of 80.0%, which had him sitting at 10 points. Terry grabbed 4 boards in his 24 mins played and had 3 dimes for this contest. One more player that was important for Arizona was Jemarl Baker. He notched 15 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood via 5 out of 9 from the floor for this game. Baker ended up shooting 55.6% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Arizona (-17.5) and under 137.5 points
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