Betting on today’s Miners and Gamecocks game? Catch the action at Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, AL, as the Gamecocks hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 133.5 points, and Jacksonville State is favored by -4.5 to win at home against UTEP.


The Pick: UTEP Miners +4.5

This game will be played at Pete Mathews Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-71 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Even though we have Jacksonville State winning straight-up, we like UTEP at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Miners Win on the Road?

UTEP comes into this game as the underdog, as they have a record of 0-13 when not favored this season. They have lost four straight games and are 13-15 overall, including a 4-9 record in Conference USA.

On the road, the Miners have yet to win a game this season, going 0-9. Their average scoring margin on the road is -10.7 points per game, and they have lost their last nine games away from home.

When looking at UTEP’s ATS record this season, they are just 8-16-1. On the road, their ATS mark is only 1-8 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have gone 2-8 vs. the spread. Their last 3 road games have resulted in a 1-2 ATS record.

On the season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 10-15. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 139.4 and the average scoring total is 138.6. Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 142 points.

The UTEP offense is coming off a game where they scored 54 points against Sam Houston State. They posted a field goal percentage of 39.2% and connected on 6 threes. One area that the UTEP offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 11th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

At this time, the Miners’ defense is positioned 113rd in the country, permitting 69.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.2 threes per game vs. Jacksonville State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.9%.

Are the Gamecocks Ready for a Home Win?

After a two-point win over FIU, Jacksonville State enters this game with a record of 14-14. Over their last ten games at home, the Gamecocks have gone 6-4.

On the season, Jacksonville State has been favored in 12 games, going 8-4 in those matchups. At home, the Gamecocks are 7-5 compared to their 5-9 record on the road.

When looking at Jacksonville State’s ATS record this season, they are currently 14-11-1. At home, their ATS mark is 6-6 and they have gone 2-1 ATS in their last three games at home. As the favorite, the Gamecocks have gone 7-5 vs. the spread this year and they are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite.

Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Jacksonville State’s games this season (135.2). So far, 15 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-3.

Jacksonville State finished with 77 points in their game against FIU. This total surpasses their season-average of 70.4 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Kyky Tandy, who is averaging 17.8 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Juwan Perdue also maintains a PPG average of 8.6 heading into game.

Currently, the Gamecocks’ defense holds the 30th rank in the nation, allowing 65.4 points per game. Jacksonville State’s three-point defense is currently 50th in the country at 5.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.0% of their shots vs. Jacksonville State.