UTEP Miners vs Florida Atlantic Owls Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Florida Atlantic Owls
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Ford Center At The Star in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: UTEP (-2)
The Florida Atlantic Owls (12-9) host the UTEP Miners (12-11) at Ford Center At The Star on Wednesday. The line on this game has UTEP as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.5.
UTEP will enter this game with a win-loss record of 12-11 so far this season. They average 70.8 points per contest (195th in college hoops) while hitting 42.6% from the field. The Miners are hitting 33.2% on shots from downtown (168 of 506) and 74.7% from the free throw line. As a team, UTEP is pulling down 34.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 279 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 217th in D-1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.4 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Miners are able to force 13.0 turnovers every game and they draw 15.7 personal fouls. They give up 33.8% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 119th in the nation in PPG from their opponents (68.2). The Miners defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 43.2% (549 of 1,271) and they surrender 35.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 96th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 252 surrendered for the campaign.
The UTEP Miners stepped onto the hardwood against the Kansas Jayhawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 67-62 in their last contest. UTEP ended with a 37.3% field goal percentage (22 of 59) and made 8 of 26 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Miners made 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. When talking about getting rebounds, they collected 39 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 9 assists for the game as well as creating 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, UTEP allowed 41.8% from the field on 23 of 55 shooting. Kansas distributed 12 assists and had 10 steals in this contest. Additionally, Kansas pulled down 32 boards (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Kansas walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of 24 tries. They also converted 5 out of their 15 tries from long range.
Bryson Williams is someone who was a major factor for the matchup. He ended up scoring 23 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes and also totaled 13 rebounds. Williams ended up going 47.4% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this game for the Miners was Souley Boum. He collected 6 rebounds in his 38 minutes played. He finished the game shooting 31.3% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-16 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Boum finished the game without an assist.
Florida Atlantic has a win-loss record of 12-9 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Owls are shooting 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 68th in Division 1. Florida Atlantic has 1,651 points on the campaign (78.6 per game) and they average 40.8 boards per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.6 times per game (89th in the nation) and they are turning it over 13.7 times per game. The Owls are responsible for committing 18.0 fouls every game and they connect on 65.1% from the charity stripe. The Owls on defense are ranked 68th in college basketball in points given up per game with 66.3. They have forced 14.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (60th in the nation). The Florida Atlantic defense gives up 34.2% on 3-pointers (148 of 433) and opponents are making 69.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 10.3 assists and 32.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 21st and 64th in college hoops.
For their last game, the Florida Atlantic Owls walked away with a victory by a final of 63-54 when they played the MTSU Blue Raiders. The Owls snagged 28 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this contest. They also turned it over 16 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Blue Raiders committed 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Owls to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of them for a percentage of 47.1%. With respect to three-point attempts, Florida Atlantic buried 7 of 24 tries (29.2%). When the game finished, the Owls ended up shooting 24 out of 53 from the field which had them at 45.3%. The Owls permitted the Blue Raiders to make 17 of 58 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 29.3% in the matchup. They finished 20.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 4 of 20 and finished the contest at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). In reference to attacking the glass, Florida Atlantic permitted MTSU to pull down 30 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Michael Forrest ended up being a major contributor for the Owls in this matchup. He made 6 out of 8 for this game giving him a rate of 75.0%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. Forrest accumulated 16 points in his 32 minutes on the court, but finished this game without an assist. One more player that was important for Florida Atlantic was Kenan Blackshear. He finished with 3 dimes in his 28 mins on the court, and he put in 4 out of 8 from the floor. Blackshear ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to earning 12 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UTEP (-2)
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