The UTEP Miners (1-0) and the Boise State Broncos (2-0) face off in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at HTC Center. Boise State opened as a 3-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 146.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Boise State Broncos vs. UTEP Miners Odds Preview
In the Broncos last matchup, they easily got past the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 90-69. Justinian Jessup was Boise States leading scorer with 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting. The Broncos had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.678 vs. 0.500) and had a better turnover percentage (14.6 vs. 15.8).
The Miners hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Louisiana College Wildcats in their last contest, 100-50. UTEP received a boost from Paul Thomas, who contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. UTEP played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.250 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3. For those same stats, Louisiana College was 0.034 and 19.1, respectively.
Second-chance points might be few and far between for UTEP in this contest. Since the 2016-17 season, the Miners rank 331st in offensive rebounding percentage (22.9 percent), while Boise State ranks 39th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.6 percent).
Since last season, the Broncos have had records of 21-11 straight up (SU) and 14-17 against the spread (ATS). A little over half of Boise State games have finished under the O/U total since last season.
Meanwhile, the Miners, have records of 16-17 SU and 16-10-1 ATS since last season. Just over half of UTEPs games have finished under the projected point total over that same time frame.
Boise State Broncos vs. UTEP Miners Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Boise State, ATS Winner – UTEP, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Miners rank 229th in steals per game (5.4) while the Broncos rank 257th (5.0).
- UTEP ranks third in blocks allowed per game (1.9) while Boise State ranks 248th (4.4).
- The Broncos rank 83rd in three pointers attempted per game (23.2) while the Miners rank 309th (16.3).
- UTEP ranks 93rd in assists per game (14.7) while Boise State ranks 229th (12.5).