UTEP vs Jacksonville State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

Jacksonville State (14-14) vs UTEP (13-15)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Jacksonville State -3.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UTEP Miners and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks meet in college basketball action from the Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in Thursday’s college hoops clash out of Conference USA? Let’s take a look and find out with our UTEP vs. Jacksonville State Prediction.

UTEP Team Preview

The UTEP Miners come into this one looking to snap a four-game losing streak after a 65-54 loss to Sam Houston State last time out. Tae Hardy leads the Miners in scoring with 15 PPG along with 2.8 RPG and 2.4 APG while Zid Powell has 10.5 PPG with 5 RPG and a team-high 3.1 APG to lead UTEP in assists this season. Otis Frazier III has 10.7 PPG with 4.6 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UTEP so far this season. As a team, UTEP is averaging 73.1 PPG on 44% shooting from the field, 31% from three and 68.7% from the foul line this season. UTEP will face Liberty after this game.

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Jacksonville State Team Preview

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 77-75 victory over FIU in their last matchup. KyKy Tandy leads the Gamecocks in scoring with 17.8 PPG as the lone double-digit scorer for Jacksonville State up to this point in the year while Juwan Perdue has 8.6 PPG and a team-high 5.8 RPG to lead the Gamecocks on the glass so far this season. Quincy Clark also has 8.1 PPG with a team-high 2.9 APG as well so far this season. As a team, Jacksonville State is averaging 70.4 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the floor, 32.7% from three and 71.3% from the foul line this season.

UTEP vs. Jacksonville State Prediction

I’m backing the Gamecocks in this one. The Miners have a good 3-point defense, but they’ve been weak pretty much everywhere else defensively and that doesn’t play well against Jacksonville State when the Gamecocks don’t shoot many threes to begin with. The Gamecocks have been at their best at home this season and I just think that UTEP’s going to struggle on the road again in this one. Give me Jacksonville State laying the points at home.

Chris’s Pick Jacksonville State -3.5

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