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UTEP vs Florida International 1/29/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Florida International Panthers (12-8) vs. UTEP Miners (12-8)
January 29, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: UTEP Miners -7 / Florida International Panthers +7; Over/Under: 127.5
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The FIU Panthers will travel to the Don Haskins Center to take on the UTEP Miners this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The FIU Panthers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-8 on the season after being defeated by the UTSA Roadrunners, 73-66, this past Thursday. FIU struggled offensively in the 1st half against UTSA and allowed UTSA to pull away later after the Roadrunners took a 69-63 lead with 2:02 left in regulation. FIU shot 41.3% from the field & 32.1% from beyond the arc while allowing UTSA to shoot 39.4% from the field & 29.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was Tevin Brewer who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.

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On the season, FIU is averaging 72.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Tevin Brewer (15.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Denver Jones (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg), Clevon Brown (8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg), & Eric Lovett (7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

Defensviely, FIU is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

The UTEP Miners won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-8 on the season after defeating the FAU Owls, 70-68, this past Thursday. In a tight game late, UTEP was able to pull off the victory after Alfred Hollins hit a game-inning tip-in as time expired. UTEP shot 53.8% from the field & 47.1% from beyond the arc while allowing FAU to shoot 48.1% from the field & 41.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Miners was Souley Boum who had 28 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal.

On the season, UTEP is averaging 68.5 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Miners are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UTEP has been led by Souley Boum (19.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Jamal Bieniemy (14.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Jorell Saterfield (8.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg), & Tydus Verhoeven (5.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, UTEP is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Miners have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of 3.9.

The Panthers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games & 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. UTEP. The Miners are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games & 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

FIU comes into this game ranked 167th in scoring offense, 163rd in scoring defense, & 51st in defensive FG%. UTEP has been led by their defense which ranks 69th in scoring defense & 27th in turnover margin, however, the offense can struggle as the Miners ranks just 252nd in scoring offense & 294th in FG%.

FIU had some solid success to start the season, however, the Panthers have lost 4 of their last 6 games and have been awful on the road this season, posting an 0-7 road record. UTEP is 8-4 at home and after seeing FIU struggle against UTSA on Thursday, I think the Miners defense gives FIU a bunch of trouble in this one and that the Miners cover this home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
UTEP Miners -7

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05

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