Western Illinois at UTEP: 3/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Western Illinois at UTEP: 3/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 3:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

Betting Odds: UTEP Miners -7 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and UTEP Miners face off on Saturday in the College Insider Tournament at the Don Haskins Center.  This game was originally supposed to happen on Tuesday but was postponed because of travel issues with Western Illinois. 

Western Illinois comes into this game with a 16-15 record overall and they have gone 11-18 against the spread. Western Illinois has lost two games in a row and in the last game against Oral Robers the defense was a problem again giving up 80 points. The Leathernecks like to push the pace but their defense has been a problem a lot. On the season Western Illinois is averaging 78.7 points while their defense is giving up 77.1 points per game. Trenton Messner has been the top player for Western Illinois averaging 16.8 points while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is the UTEP MIners who sit with a 19-13 record and they have gone 15-15 against the spread. UTEP has won three of their last four games and the loss came in their last game against Middle Tennessee. The offense scored only 59 points and that led to the seven point defeat. UTEP is averaging 68.8 points while their defense is giving up 66.5 points per game. Souley Boum has been the top player for UTEP this season averaging 19.6 points while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players that are averaging at least 13.6 points per game. 

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UTEP is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following an against the spread less. The over is 5-1 in UTEP’s last six games as a favorite. Western Illinois is 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games following an against the spread loss. 

The trends point towards the over, and with the way Western Illinois defends they are going to have some major issues slowing down UTEP. Look for both offenses to run up the score, and the over is going to cash.

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