The Rice Owls (15-15, 7-10 CUSA) and UTEP Miners (16-14, 7-10 CUSA) will battle at Tudor Fieldhouse to bring the regular season to a close. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
UTEP Miners vs. Rice Owls Betting Preview
In the Miners’ last contest, they defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 60-56. Daryl Edwards was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 11-for-18 shooting. The Miners, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.7, had a great mark of 29.0 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.491 (above their season average of 0.484).
The Owls hope to maintain momentum after defeating the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in their last game, 72-57. Rice was lifted by Drew Peterson, who recorded 16 points and eight rebounds. Rice dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.0 (better than their season average of 17.0) and a free throw rate of 0.259 (above their season average of 0.239). For those same stats, Southern Miss put up marks of 23.3 and 0.130, respectively.
Second-chance opportunities could be few and far between for Rice in this contest. The Owls are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 276th in offensive rebounding percentage at 25.3 percent. Meanwhile, UTEP ranks 88th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 74.3 percent.
These two teams have met twice already this year, with the Miners winning both. In the most recent contest, Souley Boum recorded 27 points and five rebounds and the Miners beat the Owls 68-62. UTEP’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Rice. The Miners had a rate of 0.259, while the Owls posted a mark of 0.194.
UTEP Miners vs. Rice Owls Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – UTEP, ATS Winner – UTEP, O/U – Over
The Miners average 34.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 193rd in the nation. The Owls rank 205th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
UTEP ranks 39th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Rice ranks 185th (13.6).
The Miners rank 91st in three pointers allowed per game (20.2) while the Owls rank 231st (23.9).
UTEP ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Rice ranks 48th (2.7).
The Owls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, up from 0.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Miners have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (2.9 below their season average).