UTEP vs. Western Kentucky Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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UTEP vs. Western Kentucky Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

College Basketball Predictions

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (15-14, 7-11 C-USA) are slight underdogs (by 3 points) to break a five-game road losing streak when they visit the UTEP Miners (13-16, 6-12 C-USA) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET. The over/under for the matchup is set at 136.

UTEP vs. Western Kentucky Odds

  • UTEP odds to win: -153
  • Western Kentucky odds to win: +130
  • Spread: UTEP (-3)
  • Total: 136

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Where: El Paso, Texas
  • Venue: Don Haskins Center

Who Will Win UTEP vs. Western Kentucky?

UTEP and Western Kentucky Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

In games this season it was favored by 3 points or more, UTEP has a 6-2 record against the spread.

Western Kentucky has a 3-4-1 record against the spread in games it was an underdog by 3 points or more this season.

The two teams average a combined 5.6 more points per game (141.6) than this matchup’s total of 136 points.

UTEP and Western Kentucky have seen its opponents average a combined 3.1 more points per game than the over/under of 136 set for this outing.

The average total UTEP has had set in games this season is 0.6 more points than this outing’s point total.

Hilltoppers games this year have averaged an over/under of 144.1 points, 8.1 more than the point total in this matchup.

The Miners have a 15-12-0 record against the spread this season.

The Hilltoppers are 11-15-1 ATS this season.

UTEP Stats & Insights

UTEP scores 68.3 points per game (270th in college basketball) and gives up 68.3 (128th in college basketball) for a -1 scoring differential overall.

UTEP pulls down 31.7 rebounds per game (181st in college basketball) while allowing 29.8 per contest to its opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 1.9 boards per game.

The Miners knock down 2.2 fewer threes per game than the opposition, 4.6 (357th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 6.8.

UTEP’s 86.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 324th in college basketball, and the 87 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 69th in college basketball.

In home games, the Miners are posting three more points per game (69.6) than they are in road games (66.6).

Western Kentucky Stats & Insights

Western Kentucky puts up 73.3 points per game (140th in college basketball) while giving up 70.8 per contest (204th in college basketball). It has a +72 scoring differential and outscores opponents by 2.5 points per game.

The 31.1 rebounds per game Western Kentucky accumulates rank 223rd in the country, 1.9 fewer than the 33 its opponents record.

Western Kentucky connects on 1.3 fewer threes per contest than the opposition, 8 (111th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 9.3.

Western Kentucky ranks 168th in college basketball averaging 94.3 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 173rd, allowing 91.1 points per 100 possessions.

At home the Hilltoppers are putting up 77.1 points per game, 6.8 more than they are averaging on the road (70.3).

UTEP Key Players to Watch

The scoring leader for the Miners this season is Tae Hardy, who averages 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

Calvin Solomon leads UTEP in rebounding, averaging six per game, while Shamar Givance leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 4.1 in each contest.

Hardy makes more threes per game than any other member of the Miners, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.3 per contest.

Givance and Solomon lead UTEP on the defensive end, with Givance leading the team in steals averaging two per game and Solomon in blocks averaging 0.5 per contest.

Western Kentucky Key Players to Watch

Dayvion McKnight averages 16.7 points and tacks on 3.9 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Hilltoppers’ leaderboards for those statistics.

Jamarion Sharp grabs 7.4 rebounds per game (he also scores 7.2 points per game and adds 0.2 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Western Kentucky rebounding leaderboard.

Dontaie Allen makes 1.8 three-pointers per game, the most on the Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky’s leader in steals is McKnight (1.7 per game), and its leader in blocks is Sharp (4.3 per game).

UTEP vs. Western Kentucky Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    Western Kentucky (+3)

  • Pick OU:

    Over (136)

  • Prediction:
    UTEP 71, Western Kentucky 70
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