The Miners and Bearkats are set to face off at 12:30 ET on CBSS. The Bearkats will host the game at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. The odds for this Conference USA conference game currently have Sam Houston State as the -4.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 133.5 points.


The Pick: UTEP Miners +4.5

This game will be played at Von Braun Center at 12:30 ET on Friday, March 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-72 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 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Miners Win in Huntsville?

UTEP comes into this game with a 16-15 record and has won four straight games. The Miners are 8-9 in Conference USA play and 8-6 outside of conference.

On the road, UTEP has gone 3-9 this season, and their average scoring margin is -5.3 points per game. Over their last three road games, the Miners are 3-0.

UTEP has an overall ATS record of 11-17-1 this season. On the road, they are 4-8 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Miners are 5-10-1 vs. the spread this year. In their last 3 games as the underdog, UTEP has gone 3-0 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in UTEP’s games this season (139). So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 133 points.

In their recent matchup, the UTEP offense ended with 66 points against Liberty. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 47.9% and made 1 three. Tae Hardy is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 15. Meanwhile, Zid Powell also brings a PPG average of 11 into the game.

Currently, the Miners’ defense holds the 89th rank in the nation, allowing 69.0 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.4 threes per game vs. Sam Houston State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.6%.

Will the Bearkats Make it Happen at Home?

Sam Houston State enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 18 of their 31 games this season. They have gone 15-3 in those games, and they have won their last 10 games at home. Overall, they are 12-2 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +9.6.

Over their last 10 games, the Bearkats have gone a perfect 10-0, and they have won their last eight games overall. In their most recent game, they defeated FIU by a score of 78-59. So far this season, they have gone 20-11, including a 14-3 record in Conference USA games.

Sam Houston State has been a strong bet at home this season, going 9-5 vs. the spread. Their ATS record is 19-12 overall, and they are 12-6 vs. the spread when favored this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bearkats are 8-2 vs. the spread.

Sam Houston State’s over/under record for the season sits at 18-13 and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (140.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points compared to their season average of 141.8. So far, 22 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 133.5.

In their latest game, Sam Houston State offense put up 78 points against FIU. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 46.2% and made 7 threes. On the offensive front, the Bearkats have a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, ranking 312nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 129th in terms of percentage and 169th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Bearkats’ defense is nationally ranked 95th, allowing 69.3 points per game. Sam Houston State’s three-point defense is currently 104th in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.2% of their shots vs. Sam Houston State.