Wyoming Cowboys vs. UTEP Miners Free Prediction 12/22/18

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The Wyoming Cowboys (3-8) square off against the UTEP Miners (4-6) in the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational at Don Haskins Center. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Wyoming Cowboys vs. UTEP Miners Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Miners won big over the Texas-Permian Basin Falcons, 90-63, while the Cowboys fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 76-66.

The Miners had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.637 vs. 0.326) and had a much better free throw rate (0.490 vs. 0.261). Wyoming, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (11.4 vs. 23.4). UTEP was led by Evan Gilyard, who had 24 points and five assists. Justin James, meanwhile had a good outing for Wyoming, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cowboys’ Justin James has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Efe Odigie has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Miners.

The aggressive UTEP offense might be getting to the charity stripe a lot in this contest. The Miners rank 34th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.294, while Wyoming is among the nation’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 233rd-ranked FTA rate of 0.246).

Wyoming Cowboys vs. UTEP Miners Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – UTEP, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • UTEP ranks 80th in rebounds allowed per game (33.3) while Wyoming ranks 244th (40.1).
  • The Cowboys rank 40th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Miners rank 106th (6.5).
  • The Miners rank 47th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while the Cowboys rank 172nd (14.5).
  • Wyoming ranks 151st in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while UTEP ranks 244th (18.4).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Cowboys’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.6, up from 6.0 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Miners have scored an average of 69.8 points per game (1.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.2 points per game (6.5 above their season average).