UTEP Miners vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Prediction, 2/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Location: Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA
Thomas Assembly Center is where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (18-6) will compete against the UTEP Miners (14-10) on Thursday.
The UTEP Miners faced Marshall and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 88-79 in their last game. UTEP finished the contest having earned a 45.8% field goal percentage (27 of 59) and made 5 out of their 23 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Miners made 20 of their 23 shots for a percentage of 87.0%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned 27 with 4 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest while forcing 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Regarding the defense, UTEP allowed the other team to shoot 56.4% from the floor on 31 of 55 shooting. Marshall earned 24 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. Furthermore, Marshall pulled down 31 boards (5 offensive, 26 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Marshall ended up shooting 65.2% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of 23 shots. They also made 11 of their 22 tries from 3-point range. In regard to personal fouls, the Miners walked away with 18 and Marshall finished the game with 17 personal fouls.
Souley Boum is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He walked away from this one shooting 68.8% from the field and also distributed 3 assists. He saw the court for 38 mins and also collected 2 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 32 points on 11 of 16 shooting.
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UTEP comes into this game with a win-loss record of 14-10 so far this year. They turn it over 12.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a team, UTEP is pulling in 32.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 294 assists on the year, which ranks 244th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Miners are connecting on 35.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (188 of 533) and 76.7% from the free throw line. They average 69.1 pts per contest (238th in the country) while shooting 42.4% from the floor.
Defensively, the Miners are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game while drawing 15.6 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 33.9% on 3-point attempts and they are 97th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (66.2). The Miners are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.3% (564 of 1,273) and they concede 35.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 102nd in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 285 surrendered on the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs got the win with a final of 82-77 against Charlotte. When talking about rebounds, Louisiana Tech permitted Charlotte to get 35 overall (6 on the offensive side). They wrapped up this game 30.4% from downtown by connecting on 7 out of 23 and finished the game at 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). The Bulldogs permitted Charlotte to make 30 of their 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 54.5% in the game. When all was said and done, the Bulldogs went 28 out of 63 from the field which had them sitting at 44.4%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Louisiana Tech converted 8 of their 22 attempts (36.4%). They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 85.7%. Charlotte had 17 personal fouls for this contest which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They also turned it over 5 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Bulldogs were able to corral 17 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 24 in this game.
Kenneth Lofton pitched in for the Bulldogs for the matchup. He buried 5 of 9 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 55.6%, and had 5 rebounds. He tallied 18 points in his 28 minutes on the court and accounted for 4 dimes for the matchup.
Louisiana Tech has a win-loss record of 18-6 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulldogs are shooting 46.3% from the field, which has them ranked 66th in the country. Louisiana Tech has scored 1,879 pts for the year (78.3 per game) and they grab 36.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 15.0 times per game (58th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game. The Bulldogs commit 14.1 fouls per contest and they go 73.1% from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs on the defensive side of the court are 187th in college basketball in PPG given up with 69.2. They are forcing 14.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (103rd in college basketball). The Louisiana Tech defense concedes 34.5% on shots from distance (196 of 568) and their opponents are making 73.2% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 13.3 dimes and 36.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 241st and 258th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech
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