North Texas Mean Green vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 2/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs UTEP Miners
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Location: Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
The UTEP Miners (12-13) will try to defeat the North Texas Mean Green (21-5) at Don Haskins Center on Saturday.
The North Texas Mean Green faced off with Charlotte and notched a win by a score of 67-43 in their last game. North Texas ended the contest having earned a 59.5% FG percentage (25 out of 42) and converted 9 of their 17 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mean Green made 8 of 8 tries for a rate of 100.0%. Regarding grabbing boards, they earned 31 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 3 turnovers and getting 3 steals. Regarding defense, North Texas allowed the other team to go 30.8% from the field on 12 of 39 shooting. Charlotte doled out 5 dimes and had 2 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Charlotte grabbed 12 rebounds (3 offensive, 9 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Charlotte finished the game at 75.0% from the free throw line by making 12 of 16 attempts. They knocked down 7 of 25 tries from three-point range. Regarding personal fouls, the Mean Green ended up with 11 while Charlotte finished the game with 14 personal fouls.
Abou Ousmane is a player who played a role for the contest. He ended up with 14 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He played 21 minutes and pulled down 1 board. He finished the game shooting 70.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists.
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North Texas comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 21-5 for the year. They have an average of 63.2 pts per contest (346th in D-1) while hitting 42.6% from the floor. The Mean Green are shooting 35.1% from downtown (193 of 550) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a team, North Texas is snagging 33.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 290 dimes this year, which is 324th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.2 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Mean Green are able to force 12.5 turnovers per game and they draw 17.0 fouls. They concede 31.0% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 2nd in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (55.6). The Mean Green are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.3% (484 of 1,202) and they surrender 28.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 3rd in college basketball in giving up assists with 206 conceded on the year.
In their last game, the UTEP Miners got the win with a final of 77-66 when they played UTSA. When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, UTEP permitted UTSA to collect 21 in total (2 offensive). They finished 27.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 6 out of 22 and ended up going 16 of 19 from the free throw line (84.2%). The Miners permitted UTSA to make 22 of 49 tries from the floor which left them shooting 44.9% in this matchup. Overall, the Miners went 27 out of 61 from the field which had them sitting at 44.3%. In relation to shots from downtown, UTEP made 8 of 19 tries (42.1%). They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. UTSA committed 18 fouls for this contest which took the Miners to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They turned it over 17 times, while getting 8 steals for the game. The Miners were able to snag 25 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in the matchup.
Jonathan dos Anjos ended up being important for the Miners for this game. He recorded 12 points in his 18 mins on the court and had 1 assist for this game. He knocked down 5 out of 9 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 55.6%, and had 5 rebounds.
UTEP has a win-loss record of 12-13 on the campaign. The Miners are responsible for committing 17.9 fouls per contest and they hit 61.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.0 times per contest (282nd in Division 1) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per game. UTEP has earned 1,706 pts this year (68.2 per contest) and they grab 35.8 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Miners are shooting 44.8% from the field, which is 176th in college hoops.
The UTEP defense gives up 32.0% on three-point shots (165 of 516) and their opposition knocks down 72.6% of their foul shots. They have conceded 10.5 dimes and 32.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 31st and 91st in those categories on the defensive end. The Miners defensively are ranked 93rd in college basketball in PPG allowed with 66.6. They are forcing 17.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 43.3% from the field (166th in college hoops).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UTEP
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