UTEP vs. Western Kentucky - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP vs. Western Kentucky - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (16-8) at UTEP Miners (13-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: UTEP Miners +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UTEP Miners host Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Thursday college basketball action.

The UTEP Miners are 13-12 this season and have dropped their last three games and four of their last five. UTEP is 11-2 straight up at home this season and 10-11-1 against the spread overall. UTEP is averaging 67 points per game and they are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.8 points per game and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Bryson Williams leads UTEP averaging 18.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds. Souley Boum is averaging 12.2 points, Daryl Edwards is averaging 10.5 points, and Efe Odigle is averaging 6.8 points. UTEP just hasn’t been effective shooting the 3-point shot this season and it has cost them.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 16-8 this season and have won their last two games and seven of their last nine. WKU are 3-5 straight up on the road this season and they are 10-13 against the spread. The Hilltoppers are averaging 67 points per game and they are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Taveion Hollingsworth leads Western Kentucky averaging 14.8 points per game. Carson Williams is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, Jared Savage is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Camron Justice is averaging 10.2 points. Western Kentucky got started late but they are rolling and look to keep that momentum going through March.

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UTEP are 1-3-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Western Kentucky is 1-4 against the spread as a road favorite, 4-9 against the spread following a win, and 4-10 against the spread following a win.

The Trends aren’t favorable for WKU but their play on the court has been and I look for the Hilltoppers to keep their momentum going.

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Mitch’s Pick Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -1.5

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