The Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-2) and the UTEP Miners (1-2) battle in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at HTC Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
UTEP Miners vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers Betting Preview
The last time the Miners played, they lost big to the South Carolina Gamecocks, 80-56. With 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Matt Willms was the games high scorer. South Carolina out-rebounded UTEP. The Gamecocks had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. six), defensive rebounds (23 vs. 21) and total rebounds (36 vs. 27).
The Mountaineers are hoping for a better outcome after their 86-67 loss to the Western Michigan Broncos in their last matchup. Ronshad Shabazz was Appalachian States leading scorer with 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Western Michigan forced the Mountaineers into a turnover percentage of 19.0 (above their season average of 14.7). Appalachian State, meanwhile, held the Broncos to an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.3 (below their season average of 35.2).
It will be a showdown of conflicting tempos as the fast-breaking Mountaineers will look to push the slower-paced Miners. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Mountaineers rank 48th in possessions per game while the Miners are 225th. Furthermore, the Miners, who rank 327th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.2 percent), might have a tough time getting put-back points against the Mountaineers, who rank 54th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.0 percent).
The Miners are 16-19 straight up (SU) and 17-11-1 against the spread (ATS) since last season. A little over half of UTEP games have finished under the projected point total since last season.
The Mountaineers, meanwhile, are 11-23 SU and 10-16-2 ATS since last season. Vegas has also been spot on when setting the O/U total of Appalachian State games over that same period with an even split between overs and unders.
UTEP Miners vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – UTEP, ATS Winner – UTEP, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Mountaineers average 14.2 assists per game, which ranks 121st in the NCAA. The Miners rank 173rd in assists allowed per game (13.5).
- Appalachian State ranks 21st in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while UTEP ranks 308th (16.3).
- The Mountaineers rank 26th in rebounds per game (39.3) while the Miners rank 204th (35.1).
- UTEP ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (2.0) while Appalachian State ranks 155th (3.5).