Betting on today’s Golden Panthers and Miners game? Catch the action at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, as the Miners hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Conference USA conference game currently have UTEP as the -8.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 141.5 points.

FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS VS UTEP MINERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +8.5

This game will be played at Don Haskins Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Miners.
  • Even though we have UTEP winning straight-up, we like FIU at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Are the Golden Panthers Ready for a Road Win?

FIU will look to end its 11-game road losing streak when it takes on UTEP as 8.5-point underdogs. The Golden Panthers are 0-11 on the road this season, compared to a 9-8 record at home.

During their current 11-game road losing streak, FIU has been outscored by an average of 12.5 points per game. So far this season, the Golden Panthers have gone 3-14 as underdogs, compared to 6-5 when they are favored.

As the underdog this season, FIU has gone 8-9 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 4-7 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5.

Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line in FIU’s games this season (147.6). Their over/under record sits at 15-12-1 for the year. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points. For the season, 19 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line.

FIU is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 85 points versus Western Kentucky. This output is higher than their season-average of 74.1 points per game. Offensively, the Golden Panthers have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 286th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 279th in percentage and 68th in three-pointers made.

Coming into the game, FIU will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 76.6 points per game (282nd). So far, the FIU defense is giving up an average of 9.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.2 times per game (687th).

Will UTEP Win at Home?

UTEP will be the favorite in this game, as they have been in 12 of their 30 games this season. Their record as the favorite is 10-2.

So far this season, UTEP has a record of 10-6 at home, with an average scoring margin of +3.5 points per game.

So far this season, UTEP has an ATS record of 10-16-1. At home, their ATS mark is 7-8-1. As the favorite, the Miners are 6-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, UTEP has gone 5-5 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 11-16 and today’s over/under line of 141.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points and their OU record in their last 10 games is 4-6.

Against Liberty, the UTEP had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 72.8 points per game. They scored 67 points and posted a field goal percentage of 52.8% in the game. The team’s scoring leader is Tae Hardy, who holds an average of 14.8 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Otis Frazier III is averaging 11.1 points per game this season.

Currently, the Miners’ defense holds the 95th rank in the nation, allowing 69.1 points per game. UTEP will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Liberty to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.