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UTEP vs Louisiana Tech Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Miners vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UTEP Miners at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
  • Where: Ruston at Thomas Assembly Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: UTEP +6, UTEP +207 | LOUTCH -263 O/U 132.5

Miners Preview:

UTEP heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-6. On the road, the Miners will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 0-4. So far, the Miners have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.

UTEP will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tae Hardy who is averaging 12.79 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 36.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.79 points per game.

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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.

Bulldogs Preview:

Through 15 games, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have an overall record of 9-6. So far this season, Louisiana Tech has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -6 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 6 times, going 4-2 straight up.

Important to the outcome of the game, is if Cobe Williams will be able to suit up for the Bulldogs’. Heading into play, Williams leads the team at 18.0 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 54.0% while also adding 3.08 rebounds. Even if Cobe Williams ends up playing, Louisiana Tech will be counting on Keaston Willis to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Willis is the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer at 12.33 points per game. So far, he has hit 34.1% of his field goal attempts.

On offense, Louisiana Tech is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.28% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -6

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to pick up the win and cover the spread as -6 point betting favorites. Although Louisiana Tech as a team is just 121st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Miners’ defense. At -6 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Bulldogs to come out on top and cover.

 


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