The New Mexico State Aggies (3-1) will be at home in Pan American Center when they challenge the UTEP Miners (1-3). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
UTEP Miners at New Mexico State Aggies Betting Preview
In the Miners last game, they lost to the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 76-72. Keith Frazier put together a solid performance for UTEP, leading both teams in scoring with 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Appalachian State held the Miners to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.9 (below their season average of 29.9). UTEP, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 14.0 (better than their season average of 20.0).
The Aggies will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Colorado State Rams in their last matchup, 89-76. With 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting, Zach Lofton was the games high scorer. The Aggies, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.485, had a fantastic mark of 0.681 and held the Rams to an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.6 (below their season average of 36.6).
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Dating back to last season, the Aggies rank 12th in offensive rebounding percentage (37.1 percent), while UTEP ranks 18th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.2 percent). Furthermore, the 279th-ranked offense of the Miners (offensive efficiency of 100.7) will battle against the 50th-ranked defense of the Aggies (defensive efficiency of 97.8).
The Aggies won both games against the Miners last season. In the most recent contest, New Mexico State won 79-70. The Aggies played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.413 and an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.652. For those same stats, the Miners were 0.085 and 0.551, respectively.
UTEP Miners vs. New Mexico State Aggies Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – New Mexico State, ATS Winner – New Mexico State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Aggies rank 30th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Miners rank 91st (5.8).
- New Mexico State allows the fewest blocks per game (1.8) while UTEP ranks fourth (2.0).
- New Mexico State ranks 18th in rebounds per game (39.8) while UTEP ranks 214th (34.9).
- The Aggies rank 120th in three pointers attempted per game (22.2) while the Miners rank 311th (16.2).
- New Mexico State ranks 16th in assists allowed per game (10.6) while UTEP ranks 169th (13.3).