Old Dominion Monarchs vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 3/9/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Old Dominion Monarchs vs UTEP Miners
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: Ford Center At The Star in Frisco, TX
The Old Dominion Monarchs (13-18) are en route to Ford Center At The Star on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the UTEP Miners (18-12).
The Old Dominion Monarchs faced MTSU and took home the win by a score of 68-64 in their last game. Regarding personal fouls, the Monarchs left the arena with 17 and MTSU recorded 22 personal fouls. They converted 8 of their 21 attempts from 3-point range. MTSU walked away from this one shooting 87.5% at the free throw line by making 14 of their 16 shots. In addition, MTSU snagged 23 rebounds (4 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. MTSU doled out 11 dimes and had 7 steals in the matchup. In terms of defending, Old Dominion let their opponent shoot 45.7% from the floor on 21 of 46 shooting. They also recorded 10 dimes for the game as well as forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 32 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Monarchs converted 19 of their 25 tries for a rate of 76.0%. Old Dominion walked away from the game having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 of 55) and knocked down 5 of 17 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kalu Ezikpe is one player who was important in the game. He finished 80.0% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. He was on the hardwood for 31 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He recorded 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting.
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Old Dominion comes into this one with a win-loss record of 13-18 for the campaign. They average 66.5 pts per contest (294th in D-1) while connecting on 43.6% from the floor. The Monarchs are shooting 29.9% on shots from distance (139 of 465) and 67.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Old Dominion is pulling in 37.2 boards per game and has earned 389 assists for the campaign, which is 192nd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 11.9 times per game and as a squad are committing 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Monarchs are forcing 11.2 turnovers every game and they draw 15.8 fouls. They are surrendering 34.0% on shots from distance and they are ranked 110th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (66.8). The Monarchs are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.6% (730 of 1,753) and they relinquish 33.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are 241st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 404 surrendered so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the UTEP Miners went home victorious with a score of 70-68 when they faced North Texas. The Miners earned 20 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 25 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while earning 6 steals for the matchup. North Texas earned 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Miners to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.0%. In reference to 3-pointers, UTEP converted 5 of their 11 attempts (45.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Miners went 22 for 45 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Miners allowed North Texas to convert 23 out of 45 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.1% for the matchup. They finished shooting 27.8% from three-point range by going 5 out of 18 and ended up shooting 17 of 32 at the free throw line (53.1%). In the matter of attacking the glass, UTEP allowed North Texas to pull down 28 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Souley Boum was important for the Miners in the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 10 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and totaled 5 rebounds. He had 22 points in his 37 minutes of playing time and accumulated 1 assist in this contest.
UTEP has a record of 18-12 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Miners are shooting 43.0% from the floor, which is 244th in the country. UTEP has scored 2,070 pts so far this year (69.0 per game) and they pull in 31.5 boards per game. They are earning an assist 12.1 times per game (245th in the country) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per game. The Miners are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls every game while shooting 76.3% from the free throw line.
The Miners on defense are ranked 102nd in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 66.6. They are able to force 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (255th in college hoops). The UTEP defense gives up 34.6% on 3-point shots (186 of 538) and their opponents are connecting on 63.4% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.2 assists and 36.0 total rebounds per game, which is 143rd and 261st in D-1.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Old Dominion
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