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New Mexico Lobos vs. UTEP Miners
Where: Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
When: Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 PM. ET.
The UTEP Miners will be trying to stay undefeated when they take on the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday night.
Lobos Going For Fifth Consecutive WinThe Lobos are off to a good start this season, winning their first four games. They will be facing their toughest test of the season against the Miners, but they are hoping their offense will be able to help them pick up the win, which will give them their fifth in a row.
New Mexico’s offense is the ninth-best in the country. The team is averaging 93 points per game, shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range.
In their last game, they scored 90 points against McNeese State, led by Corey Manigault, who finished the game with 24 points, six rebounds, and three steals. JaQuan Lyle added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Zane Martin finished with 12 points, four assists, and three steals.
The Lobos are giving up 74.8 points per game, but they struggled in their last two games, giving up 79 points per game. With the Miners playing well offensively, they will need a better performance than they gave in their last two games to get the win
Miners Going For Fourth Consecutive WinThe Miners have gotten off to a good start thanks to one of the best defenses in the country. They will be trying to keep their record clean with a win over the Lobos on Tuesday, which will give them their fourth win in a row.
UTEP is holding opponents to 59 points per game, which is 43rd in the country. They gave up 70 points in their season-opener and haven’t given up more than 57 points since. With the Lobos averaging 93 points per game, they will need to play as well as they did in their last two games to pick up the win.
The Miners have also played well offensively, but not as well as the Lobos have played. They are averaging 76.3 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent from three-point range.
In their last game, the Miners scored 71 points against Eastern New Mexico. Deon Stroud led the way for the Miners with 14 points and four rebounds. Bryson Williams finished with 12 points and three rebounds, while Souley Boum added 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. They will need to play better than they did in that game to beat the Lobos on Tuesday night.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Mountain West teams.
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: New Mexico is:
- 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Conference USA teams.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This game has the potential to be one of the best matchups of the week with a good offensive team taking on an equally good defensive team. However, when it comes to the results, the Miners have the edge here because they are the more balanced team, they are nearly perfect against the spread in their last 11 games against Mountain West teams, and are playing in front of a big crowd at home. The Lobos have an intimidating offense that is averaging 93 points per game, but they will struggle against the Miners, who are holding opponents to 59 points per game. On the other side, the Miners are averaging 76.3 points per game, and while that isn’t as impressive as what New Mexico is doing on their end, their offense will keep them in the game because the Lobos are giving up 74.8 points per game, and help them cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lobos play at one of the fastest paces in NCAA hoops this season and I think this game is going to be a wild back and forth type of contest. I don't see much defense being played either. These two teams have a LONG history and sometimes teams abandon what they like to do and go with the flow. Both teams shoot the ball well from the field and the free-throw line as well as from deep and I will be going with the OVER in this game.
Prediction: Over 145