The UTEP Miners (13-13, 4-9 CUSA) and Marshall Thundering Herd (12-14, 6-7 CUSA) will go head-to-head at Don Haskins Center to bring the regular season to a conclusion. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Marshall Thundering Herd at UTEP Miners Free Preview
In the Thundering Herd’s last outing, they fell to the UTSA Roadrunners, 72-63. Marshall’s Jarrod West put up 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the game. UTSA had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.0 (above their season average of 27.7). Marshall, meanwhile, held the Roadrunners to an effective field goal percentage of 0.319 (below their season average of 0.511).
The Miners are trying to rebound after their 67-62 loss to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in their last game. Souley Boum was the game’s high scorer with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Western Kentucky did a terrific job of making free throws (14-19; 73.7 percent). UTEP, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (16.4 vs. 18.8).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Thundering Herd won the only contest played against each other last season, 91-86. The Thundering Herd played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.6 and a solid free throw rate of 0.269. For those same stats, the Miners were 20.1 and 0.222, respectively.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of UTEP. UTEP ranks 265th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Marshall forces the 74th-most turnovers in the nation (21.4 percent). Moreover, the Thundering Herd rank 54th in opponents’ effective field goal percentage (0.461), while the Miners rank 265th in effective field goal percentage (0.483).
Marshall vs. UTEP Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Marshall, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Over
The Thundering Herd rank 20th in assists allowed per game (10.0) while the Miners rank 31st (10.5).
UTEP ranks 134th in rebounds allowed per game (34.6) while Marshall ranks 285th (40.4).
The Thundering Herd rank 18th in steals per game (8.7) while the Miners rank 142nd (6.0).
Marshall ranks sixth in blocks per game (5.9) while UTEP ranks 115th (3.2).
The Miners have been outscored by an average of 8.2 points in their last five games. On the season, UTEP has defeated opponents by an average of 1.0 point.
During their last five games, the Thundering Herd have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (2.2 above their season average).