The UTEP Miners have had an inconsistent season, going 6-4 up to this point with wins totaling 101 points and losses totaling 66 points with overtime included. They’ll look to get back on track after their loss to Rice in the second game of a back-to-back against North Texas. North Texas also lost their second game of a back-to-back against UTSA,77-69 after winning their first game on the road. At 5-5, North Texas hopes to get back to .500 after this game. Let’s see their NCAAB odds.
UTEP Miners vs. North Texas Mean Green
Friday, January 15, 2021 – 8:00 PM EST at UNT Coliseum
North Texas has a solid offensive efficiency, ranked 136th in the nation via KenPom. They’ve produced a 54.5 percent effective field goal percentage, which is good for 41st in the nation, and have knocked down 37.9 percent of threes this season. On top of that, the Mean Green have been able to score 53.2 percent of shots inside the arc and nail 74.8 percent of foul shots.
North Texas is led by Javion Hamlet who is averaging 13.2 points per game along with 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds. This is a team that has three key contributors but plenty of depth with seven players averaging at least seven points per game.
On defense, North Texas has looked solid. They’re holding teams to a 46.7 percent effective field goal percentage and have been able to turn teams over lenty, ranking 72nd in that category. They’ll have a harder time getting UTEP to turn the ball over, however, as UTEP is 11th in the nation in ball security.
Ball security has been important to UTEP to start the season, allowing them to take a higher volume of shots from the field. They’ve got an effective field goal percentage of 50.1 percent, which is just above average.
UTEP has struggled to get to the foul line and you can’t expect them to get there frequently. What you can expect is premier three point shooting. UTEP is shooting 36.7 percent from long range and nailing 74.1 percent from the foul line. When UTEP does get to the line, they’re at least making their foul shots.
Their defense has really made offenses work but knowing North Texas’ efficiency, the Mean Green will find opportunity and score buckets a bit quicker than most teams against UTEP.
UTEP also has three premier scorers in Souley Boum, Bryson Williams and Jamal Bieniemy. All three of these players average over 30 minutes per game and score 12 or more points per game. Williams contributes 7.6 rebounds per game while Bieniemy and Boum produce 8.4 assists combined per game. UTEP will play those three guys for most of the game along with Keonte Kennedy who has been fantastic on the offensive glass this season.
Both offenses move at an above average pace, have an above average effective field goal percentage and shoot in the top 60 percent in three pointers. These teams also shoot well at the line, with both averaging just below 75 percent.
With both teams averaging over 75 points per game, and UTEP allowing over 70 points per game. For my best bets, I like this game to get over the total of 132.5. This total has dropped from 134 and now I like it even better.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.