UTEP Miners vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: UTEP (+17)
Allen Fieldhouse is the site where and the Kansas Jayhawks (18-8) will take on the UTEP Miners (12-10) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have Kansas as 17-point favorites. The total is set at 134.5.
UTEP heads into this contest with a record of 12-10 on the season. They turn it over 10.9 times per contest and as a team they are committing 17.5 personal fouls per contest. As a team, UTEP is collecting 34.3 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 270 assists this year, which is 205th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Miners are shooting 33.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (160 of 480) and 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 71.2 points per outing (184th in the country) while hitting 42.8% from the floor. On defense, the Miners have forced 13.1 turnovers per game and they draw 15.9 fouls. They give up 33.8% from 3-point land and they are 119th in the nation in points per game allowed (68.2). The Miners defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.3% (526 of 1,216) and they surrender 35.2 boards per contest as a squad. They currently rank 111th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 240 conceded for the season.
The UTEP Miners took the court against the Charlotte 49ers and notched a win by a score of 77-62 in their last game. UTEP finished the contest with a 50.8% FG percentage (32 out of 63) and made 10 of their 20 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Miners buried 3 of their 4 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In relation to rebounding, they compiled 33 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 15 assists for this game as well as forcing 11 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When it comes to defense, UTEP allowed their opponent to shoot 40.8% from the floor on 20 out of 49 shooting. Charlotte distributed 13 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, Charlotte collected 27 rebounds (7 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Charlotte finished the game at 72.0% from the charity stripe by burying 18 of their 25 attempts. They converted 4 out of their 15 attempts from distance.
Souley Boum is someone who played a role for the contest. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Boum finished the contest at 57.1% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Miners was Bryson Williams. He totaled 14 rebounds in his 31 minutes on the court. He ended up shooting 64.7% from the field for the matchup by shooting 11-of-17 (23 points). When the game finished, Williams totaled 1 assist.
Kansas has a mark of 18-8 on the campaign. Kansas has accumulated 1,911 points this year (73.5 per contest) and they pull in 38.5 boards per contest. The Jayhawks are responsible for committing 15.6 personal fouls every game and they connect on 71.4% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Jayhawks are shooting 44.0% from the field, which ranks 193rd in the nation. They are assisting teammates 13.8 times per game (131st in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.4 times per contest. The Jayhawks on the defensive side of the court are 65th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 66.0. The Kansas defense allows 32.2% on 3-point attempts (184 of 571) and their opponents are converting on 71.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 11.2 assists and 34.2 rebounds per contest, ranking them 60th and 134th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (43rd in college basketball).
In their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 71-58 when they faced the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks were able to collect 31 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 1 steal for this contest. The Bears earned 23 fouls in the game which got the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They were able to bury 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 69.2%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Kansas knocked down 3 out of 16 tries (18.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Jayhawks ended up going 25 for 49 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.0%. The Jayhawks permitted the Bears to make 23 of 66 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.8% in this contest. They shot 23.1% from distance by shooting 6 of 26 and ended up shooting 6 out of 16 from the free throw line (37.5%). In regard to rebounds, Kansas allowed Baylor to snag 25 in all (11 offensive).
David McCormack was important for the Jayhawks for this game. He knocked down 8 out of 10 in this game giving him a rate of 80.0%, and had 3 rebounds. McCormack earned 20 points in his 25 mins on the court and earned 1 assist in the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Kansas was Marcus Garrett. He came away with 2 dimes in his 35 mins on the court, and he knocked down 4 out of 9 from the floor. Garrett ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor while also contributing 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UTEP (+17)
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