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Charlotte vs UTEP Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
49ers vs Miners Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Charlotte 49ers at UTEP Miners
- Where: El Paso at Don Haskins Center
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: Charlotte +3, CHARLT +130 | UTEP -161 O/U 122.0
The Charlotte 49ers head into today’s game in what will be their 24th game of the season, posting a record of 13-10. On the road, the 49ers will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 4-6. So far, the 49ers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Charlotte will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Williams who is averaging 12.78 points per game for the 49ers. Williams is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Brice Williams will be looking for additional help in the scoring deparment, as the team’s is going to be without Aly Khalifa. Through 23 games he is 2nd on the team at 11.24 points per contest. Overall, he has connected on 50.0% of his field goal attempts.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Charlotte this season, as they are currently ranked 237th in college basketball at 70.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the 49ers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 211th in the NCAA.
Coming into today’s matchup, the UTEP Miners are in the middle of a 4 game losing streak and have an overall record of 11-12. So far this season, UTEP has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-3. The Miners’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, UTEP has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1.
UTEP will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tae Hardy who is averaging 13.09 points per game for the Miners. Hardy is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Miners’ offensive game plan is the play of Shamar Givance who has hit 40.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.43 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UTEP this season, as they are currently ranked 275th in college basketball at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Miners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 171st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Charlotte 49ers +3
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have UTEP as the favorites with a line coming in at -3. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Charlotte 49ers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with UTEP at 7.59 made 3’s per game compared to Charlotte at 7.52. Look for Charlotte to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Miners.