Betting on today’s Miners and Bearkats game? Catch the action at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, TX, as the Bearkats hosts this showdown at 5:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Conference USA conference contest is set at 143 points, with Sam Houston State being favored by -4.5 at home against UTEP.


The Pick: UTEP Miners +4.5

This game will be played at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum at 5:30 ET on Saturday, January 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Bearkats.
  • Even though we have Sam Houston State winning straight-up, we like UTEP at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can UTEP Pull Off a Road Win?

UTEP will be looking to snap its six-game losing streak on the road when it takes on Sam Houston State. The Miners are 0-6 on the road this season, and they have been outscored by an average of 12.7 points per game.

Overall, UTEP is 11-9, including a 2-3 mark in Conference USA games. The Miners are 0-8 when they are the underdog this season, and they are coming off a 68-54 loss to Louisiana Tech.

As the underdog this season, UTEP has struggled vs. the spread, going 0-7-1. On the road, the Miners are 0-6 vs. the spread this year and have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. Overall, UTEP’s ATS mark for the season is just 4-12-1.

This season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 7-10. The average scoring total in their games this year is 138 points, while the average over/under line is 139.5. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 143 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 144 points.

Coming off their recent game, the UTEP offense tallied 54 points in a matchup against Louisiana Tech. Their field goal percentage for the game was 29.5%, and they made 3 threes. Tae Hardy is leading the team in scoring at 15.4 points per contest. Zid Powell has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.2 going into the game.

Currently, the Miners’ defense holds the 107th rank in the nation, allowing 69.8 points per game. So far, the UTEP defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 14.1 times per game (691st).

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Bearkats?

Sam Houston State is 11-9 on the season and 4-1 in Conference USA. They are 6-2 at home this year compared to 4-7 on the road. The Bearkats have won four straight games at home and are 8-2 in their last 10 at home.

As the favorite, Sam Houston State is 9-2 this season. They have been the favorite in 11 of their 20 games. Their average scoring margin at home is +7.8, and they are coming off a 79-67 win over New Mexico State.

As the favorite this season, Sam Houston State has gone 7-4 vs. the spread. Their home ATS record is 4-4, but they have covered the spread in their last 3 home games and are 5-4 in their last 10 home games. Overall, their ATS record is 10-9.

So far this season, the over/under record in Sam Houston State games is 12-7. Today’s over/under line of 143 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (140.1). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and their average scoring total in those games is 134 points.

Sam Houston State is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 79 points versus New Mexico State. This output is higher than their season-average of 72 points per game. The team’s top scorer is Davon Barnes, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14.1, while Lamar Wilkerson also carries a PPG average of 14.9 into the game.

So far, the Bearkats’ defense is ranked 150th in the country at 71.7 points per contest. Sam Houston State will look once again to perform well on defense, holding New Mexico State to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.