Looking to win big? The Bearkats and Miners face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Miners are hosting the game at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. The odds for this Conference USA conference game currently have UTEP as the -1.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 140.5 points.

SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS VS UTEP MINERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UTEP Miners -1.5

This game will be played at Don Haskins Center at 9:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE UTEP MINERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-67 in favor of the Miners.
  • Not only will UTEP pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Bearkats Stand a Chance on the Road?

Sam Houston State enters this game as a 1.5-point underdog, and they have a record of 16-11 this season. The Bearkats have won three straight games, and they are 9-3 in Conference USA games.

On the road this year, Sam Houston State has gone 6-9, and they have an average scoring margin of -4.5. In their last 10 road games, the Bearkats have gone just 3-7.

As the underdog, Sam Houston State has gone 5-6 vs. the spread this season and they are 14-12 overall. On the road, the Bearkats are 8-7 ATS and they are 1-2 in their last 3 road games vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Sam Houston State’s games this season (141). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

In their latest game, Sam Houston State’s offense looked good, scoring 79 points against New Mexico State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 50% and made 15/20 free throws. The team’s scoring leader is Davon Barnes, who holds an average of 13.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Lamar Wilkerson is averaging 14.4 points per game this season.

Sam Houston State’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 70.4 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.9 threes per game vs. UTEP. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.7%.

Can UTEP Lock in a Home Win?

UTEP comes into this game with a record of 13-14 and has lost two straight games. They have struggled on the road this season, going 0-8, compared to 10-5 at home.

On the year, UTEP has been favored in 11 of their 27 games and has gone 10-1 in those games. Their average scoring margin at home is +4.5 points per game.

UTEP has an ATS record of 8-14-1 this season. At home, the Miners are 7-7-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, UTEP has gone 5-5 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 9-14, and the average scoring total in their games is 137.4 points. So far, today’s over/under line of 140.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (139.5). In terms of recent over/under performance, their last three games have finished with an average of 159 points.

Against Louisiana Tech, the UTEP had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 73.8 points per game. They scored 59 points and posted a field goal percentage of 38.7% in the game. The team’s top scorer is Tae Hardy, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.5, while Otis Frazier III also carries a PPG average of 10.6 into the game.

On the defensive side, UTEP is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 70.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 65 points vs. UTEP.