UTEP vs Western Kentucky Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/8/23

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (16-15) vs UTEP Miners (14-16)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Ford Center at The Star)

Betting Odds: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -1 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UTEP Miners will play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the first round of the C-USA Tournament on Wednesday night at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.

UTEP Preview

The UTEP Miners are 14-17 (7-13) this season after they defeated Middle Tennessee by a score of 77-65 in their last game. UTEP shot 51.9% from the field and forced 19 turnovers in the win. The UTEP Miners are averaging 68.5 points per game, 68.4 points against per game, 34.7 rebounds per game, and 11.8 assists per game. Tae Hardy has led the Miners this season with 12.7 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game. UTEP is shooting 44.9% from the field, 63.6% on free throws, and 29.2% on three pointers this year. 

Western Kentucky Preview

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 16-15 (8-12) this season after they lost to North Texas by a score of 67-33 in their last game. Western Kentucky shot 27.7% from the field and turned the ball over 14 times in the loss. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 72 points per game, 70.6 points against per game, 34.9 rebounds per game, and 12.8 assists per game. Dayvion McKnight has led the Hilltoppers this season with 16.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. Western Kentucky is shooting 44.7% from the field, 71.8% on free throws, and 36.5% on three pointers this year.

Trends

UTEP is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The over is 6-1 in UTEP’s last 7 games. Western Kentucky is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-1 in Western Kentucky’s last 6 Wednesday games and the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings. 

Pick

Both of these teams finished in the bottom half of C-USA and both teams lost three of their last five games. Western Kentucky was the better offensive team this year, but they also allowed 70.6 points against per game on defense. The Hilltoppers defeated the Miners in both regular season meetings, but they were close games. I am going to roll with UTEP in this game, especially after how poorly WKU played in their season finale. 

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

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