The UTEP Miners and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thomas Assembly Center. The UTEP Miners look for their ninth win. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look for their 10th win.
The UTEP Miners are averaging 70.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tae Hardy is averaging 12.8 points and 3 rebounds, while Mario McKinney Jr. is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Otis Frazier III is grabbing 3 rebounds and Shamar Givance is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 78.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Cobe Williams is averaging 17.7 points and 3.1 rebounds, while Isaiah Crawford is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Keaston Willis is the third double-digit scorer and Dravon Mangum is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The Miners are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The over is 8-2 in Miners last 10 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Bulldogs last 6 overall.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs seem to be getting better every time they take the floor, and they're at their best at home, where they win by an average of 21.7 points. The UTEP Miners don't have much success when playing above average competition, and they lose in the underdog role by an average of 10.5 points. I'll lay the reasonable chalk.