Southern Utah at UTEP: 3/22/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Southern Utah at UTEP: 3/22/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by GABY VELASQUEZ/ EL PASO TIMES / USA TODAY NETWORK

UTEP Miners (20-13) vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds (21-11)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

Betting Odds: UTEP Miners -4 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds and UTEP Miners face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown in the College Insider Tournament at the Don Haskins Center. 

Southern Utah comes into this game with a 21-11 record overall and they have gone 12-18 against the spread. Last Wednesday, Southern Utah faced off with Kent State and the offense scored 83 points on the way to the victory. Southern Utah is averaging 78.5 points while their defense is giving up 73 points per game. Tevian Jones has been the top player for Southern Utah averaging 14.6 points while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from behind the three point line. There are four different players that are averaging at least 10.9 points per game and the offense is going to need to be good in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the UTEP Miners who sit with a 20-13 record and they have gone 16-15 against the spread. In the last game against Western Illinois, the offense was strong scoring 80 points, but even more impressive was the defense that gave up only 54 points. UTEP is averaging 69.2 points while their defense is giving up 66.2 points per game. Souley Boum has been the top player for UTEP averaging 19.6 points while shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players that are averaging at least 14.1 points per game. 

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Southern Utah is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games as a road underdog. The over is 5-1 in UTEP’s last six games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. The over is 5-1 in UTEP’s last six games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. 

Southern Utah has struggled to cover spreads as underdogs on the road, and it's going to be no different in this game. The better defense in this game is UTEP, but they have proven they can also run up the score against bad defensive teams. Look for UTEP to play the better all-around game, and the Miners will cover the spread.

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