Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Miners versus the Hilltoppers? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBSS. The game will be played at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY. The over/under for this Conference USA conference contest is set at 153 points, with Western Kentucky being favored by -6.5 at home against UTEP.


The Pick: UTEP Miners +6.5

This game will be played at E. A. Diddle Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Hilltoppers.
  • Even though we have Western Kentucky winning straight-up, we like UTEP at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Miners Make it Happen in Bowling Green?

UTEP has struggled mightily on the road this season, going 0-7 with an average scoring margin of -11.4 points per game. They will be looking to snap their seven-game road losing streak when they take on Western Kentucky as 6.5-point underdogs.

So far this season, UTEP has been much better at home, going 10-4 compared to their 0-7 record on the road. They have been favored in 11 of their 24 games this season, going 10-1 in those games.

As the underdog, UTEP has gone just 2-7-1 against the spread this season and they are just 8-12-1 overall vs. the spread. On the road, the Miners have an ATS mark of 1-6 and they are 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 8-13 and today’s line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.9). So far, 18 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points and the over/under record is 1-2.

In their recent matchup, the UTEP offense ended with 74 points against New Mexico State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.9% and made 10 threes. The top scorer for the Miners was Tae Hardy with 21 points, while David Terrell Jr also chipped in with 12 points.

Coming into today’s game, the UTEP defense is giving up an average of 68.4 points per contest. In their most recent game, the UTEP defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as New Mexico State knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 49 points.

Does Western Kentucky Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Western Kentucky will be the favorite in this one, as they have been in 11 of their 24 games this season. So far, they are 8-3 as the favorite.

At home, the Hilltoppers have been very strong this season, going 7-3. Over their last ten games at home, they have gone 8-2.

As the favorite this season, Western Kentucky has gone 6-5 vs. the spread. At home, the Hilltoppers’ ATS mark is 5-5 this year and they are 5-4 in their last 10 home games. In their last three games at home, WKU is 2-1 ATS.

Western Kentucky’s over/under record for the season is 9-12 and the average over/under line in their games is 150.7. Today’s over/under line of 153 is higher than the average OU line in their games. So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Western Kentucky offense tallied 70 points in a matchup against Jacksonville State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.5%, and they made 6 threes. Donald McHenry led the team in scoring, putting up 24 points. Additionally, Brandon Newman contributed 8 points for the Hilltoppers.

Currently, the Hilltoppers’ defense holds the 221st rank in the nation, allowing 74.2 points per game. Western Kentucky will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Jacksonville State to just 37% shooting in their most recent game.