Marshall Thundering Herd vs. UTEP Miners ATS Prediction 02/15/20

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The UTEP Miners (13-13, 4-9 CUSA) welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd (12-14, 6-7 CUSA) to Don Haskins Center as the regular season comes to an end. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Marshall Thundering Herd at UTEP Miners ATS Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last matchup. The Miners fell to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 67-62, while the Thundering Herd were defeated by the UTSA Roadrunners, 72-63.

Marshall held UTSA to an effective field goal percentage of 0.319 (below their season average of 0.511) while UTEP had a better turnover percentage (16.4 vs. 18.8). UTEP’s Souley Boum had a solid performance, contributing 21 points and eight rebounds. Jarrod West was a key piece for Marshall with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Thundering Herd won the sole game between these two teams last season, 91-86. The Thundering Herd’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Miners. Marshall had a rate of 13.6, while UTEP posted a mark of 20.1. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

It could be an error-filled game for the UTEP offense. UTEP ranks 265th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Marshall forces the 74th-most turnovers in the country (21.4 percent). Moreover, the Thundering Herd’s 54th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.461) will face off against the Miners’ 265th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.483).

Marshall at UTEP Pick

Pick: SU Winner – UTEP, ATS Winner – UTEP, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • UTEP ranks 134th in rebounds allowed per game (34.6) while Marshall ranks 285th (40.4).
  • The Thundering Herd allow the 20th-fewest assists per game (10.0) while the Miners rank 31st (10.5).
  • The Thundering Herd rank 18th in steals per game (8.7) while the Miners rank 142nd (6.0).
  • Marshall ranks sixth in blocks per game (5.9) while UTEP ranks 115th (3.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Thundering Herd have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (2.2 above their season average).
  • The Miners have been outscored by an average of 8.2 points in their last five games. On the season, UTEP has defeated opponents by an average of 1.0 point.