FIU Panthers vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 1/19/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: FIU Panthers vs UTEP Miners
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Location: Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
The FIU Panthers (8-10) are traveling to Don Haskins Center on Thursday where they will attempt to beat the UTEP Miners (10-8).
The FIU Panthers took the court against North Texas and went home with a loss by a final score of 64-57 in their last game. FIU ended with a 47.5% field goal percentage (19 of 40) and converted 4 of their 15 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Panthers buried 15 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 24 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 7 assists for this contest while forcing 8 turnovers and having 3 steals. With respect to defending, FIU allowed the other team to go 37.7% from the floor on 23 of 61 shooting. North Texas totaled 12 assists and had 12 steals for the game. On top of that, North Texas totaled 35 rebounds (16 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. North Texas went 71.4% from the free throw line by making 10 of their 14 attempts. They also made 8 of 25 shots from long range. With respect to personal fouls, the Panthers left the arena with 15 and North Texas accumulated 13 personal fouls.
Denver Jones is a player who played a role in this contest. He shot 38.9% from the field and dished out 1 assist. He saw the court for 35 minutes and also pulled down 3 rebounds. He totaled 19 points on 7 out of 18 shooting.
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FIU enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-10 on the campaign. They are turning it over 15.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 16.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, FIU is pulling down 33.1 boards per contest and has earned 228 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 252nd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Panthers are hitting 30.3% on shots from 3-point land (115 of 380) and 67.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 71.9 pts per contest (173rd in the nation) while going 46.5% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Panthers are able to force 16.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 277th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 261 conceded for the campaign. The Panthers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 43.7% (474 of 1,085) and they concede 37.3 boards per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 37.5% on three-point shots and they are 310th in the country in opponents PPG (74.4).
When they last played, the UTEP Miners walked away with a victory by a final of 60-58 against Charlotte. The Miners corralled 18 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 23 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while recording 9 steals for the game. Charlotte had 16 personal fouls in the game which got the Miners to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 46.2%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, UTEP buried 6 of 13 attempts (46.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Miners shot 24 out of 49 from the floor which had them shooting 49.0%. The Miners permitted Charlotte to knock down 22 out of 46 attempts from the field which had them shooting 47.8% in the matchup. They finished 37.5% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 16 and ended up going 8 of 12 from the free throw line (66.7%). When it comes to rebounding, UTEP allowed Charlotte to pull down 28 in total (6 offensive).
Tae Hardy ended up having an impact for the Miners in this game. He racked up 19 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 1 assist for the matchup. He made 8 out of 13 in this game for a rate of 61.5%, and accounted for 3 rebounds.
UTEP has a record of 10-8 this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Miners are shooting 45.6% from the field, which is ranked 130th in college hoops. UTEP has totaled 1,253 pts for the year (69.6 per game) and they pull down 35.9 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.1 times per contest (206th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.8 times per contest. The Miners are responsible for committing 17.9 personal fouls per game while shooting 59.9% from the free throw line.
The UTEP defense gives up 30.5% on 3-point attempts (115 of 377) and opponents are connecting on 72.7% of their free throw shots. They concede 10.4 dimes and 34.0 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 32nd and 167th in D-1. The Miners on the defensive side of the court are 109th in the nation in points given up per game with 66.6. They are forcing their opponents into 17.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.0% from the field (122nd in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take FIU
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