Western Illinois at UTEP: 3/15/22 College Basketball Pick and Prediction

Western Illinois at UTEP: 3/15/22 College Basketball Pick and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP Miners (19-13) vs Western Illinois Leathernecks (16-15)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

Betting Odds: UTEP Miners -8 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The UTEP Miners will play the Western Illinois Leathernecks in this college basketball matchup scheduled for Tuesday Night in the first round of the Basketball Classic Tournament.

The UTEP Miners are coming off of a 7 point loss against Middle Tennessee State in their last time out. Jamal Bieniemy had 13 points for the Miners. Souley Boum added 12 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Keonte Kennedy had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The UTEP Miners are led in scoring by Souley Boum who averages 19.6 points and 4.4 rebounds for this team. Jamal Bieniemy averages 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for this team. Keonte Kennedy is the third leading scorer for the Miners as he averages 13.6 points a game for this team.

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The Miners are averaging 68.8 points per game on 43% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 66.5 points per game. They are shooting 76% from the free throw line.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are coming off of a 12 point loss against Oral Roberts in their last time out. Trenton Massner had 28 points for the Leathernecks in the Sumit League Quarterfinal. Tamell Pearson added 14 points. Colton Sandage had 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are led in scoring by Trenton Massner who averages 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds for this team. Will Carius averages 14.3 points and 3 rebounds a night. Luka Barisic is the third leading scorer for the Leathernecks as he averages 14.2 points a game for this team.

The Leathernecks are averaging 78.7 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 77.1 points per game. They are shooting 70.9% from the free throw line.

The Miners are 19-13 on the season and are 15-15 against the number. Western Illinois is 16-15 on the season and are 11-18 against the number. I think the Miners can easily win this one and move on to the next round of the basketball classic as Western Illinois has struggled to pick up wins as of late.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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