Planning on watching today’s Flames 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+. Liberty is favored by -4.5 in this Conference USA conference matchup the against UTEP. The over/under for the game is set at 136.5 points.
LIBERTY FLAMES VS UTEP MINERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UTEP Miners +4.5
This game will be played at Don Haskins Center at 9:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE UTEP MINERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Miners.
- Not only will UTEP pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Do the Flames Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?
Liberty is favored by 4.5 points on the road against UTEP. The Flames have a 13-9 record this season, including a 2-4 mark in Conference USA games. On the road, Liberty is 1-4 this year, compared to 9-4 at home.
So far, the Flames have been favored in 15 of their 22 games, going 10-5 in those contests. In their last game, Liberty lost to Jacksonville State by a score of 73-62. Over their last 10 road games, the Flames are 3-7.
As the favorite, Liberty has gone 9-6 vs. the spread this season and just 1-2 in their last three games as the favorite. On the road, the Flames are 1-4 ATS this year and have gone just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Liberty’s over/under record this season sits at 9-8-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 140.3 points compared to an average over/under line of 137.9, resulting in a margin of +2.3. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this season and over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0.
In their most recent game, the Liberty offense concluded with only 62 points against Jacksonville State. Throughout the game, they made 9/28 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 41.5%. The top scorer for the Flames was Kyle Rode with 17 points, while Colin Porter also added 15 to the scoreboard.
This season, the Liberty defense has been impressive, holding the 23rd position in the country while permitting an average of 64.5 points per contest. So far, the Liberty defense is giving up an average of 6.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9 times per game (363rd).
Taking a Look at the Miners Chances at Home
UTEP enters this game as a 4.5-point underdog, and they have yet to win a game on the road this season, going 0-7. Their average scoring margin at home is +4.2 compared to -11.4 on the road.
Most recently, the Miners defeated Jacksonville State by a score of 79-71. At home, UTEP has won four straight games, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 7-3.
UTEP has an overall ATS record of 6-12-1 this season, but they have gone 5-6-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Miners have a mark of 1-8-1.
On the season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 8-11 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.
UTEP’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Jacksonville State, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 73.8 points per game. Otis Frazier III led the team in scoring, putting up 17 points. Additionally, Corey Camper Jr contributed 12 points for the Miners.
Coming into today’s game, the UTEP defense is giving up an average of 69.4 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Liberty, the UTEP defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, UTEP made 23 free-throws vs. the Miners.