Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 3-3-22

Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 3/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 3/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The UTEP Miners will host a Conference USA – West battle against the Rice Owls on Thursday, March 3 at 9:00 pm ET at Don Haskins Center in El Paso.  The UTEP Miners dropped to 9-7, are fourth-place in the conference and 16-12 overall while the Rice Owls improved to 7-9, are fifth-place, and 15-13 overall.  

 

The Rice Owls are looking to repeat their 77-72 overtime victory over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles last Saturday. 

 

Travis Evee’s 3-pointer to start overtime capped the lead and led to the win.  Travis Evee finished with 17 points off the bench.  Carl Pierre also had 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Max Fiedler had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists while Chris Mullins scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. 

 

The Owls were only 38.7% in shooting, 9% lower than Southern Miss.  They made 9 of 30 three-points and 20 of 29 free throws.  The team outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 45-31 but turned over the ball 10 times.  As a team, the Owls are averaging 75.8 ppg which is 68th. 

 

The team makes 35.9 rebounds per game which is tied for 171st and 16.2 assists per game is 24th in the league.  Carl Pierre leads Rice with an average of 14.9 ppg.  Max Fielder leads with 7.8 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.8 blocks per game and leads in shooting at 57.3%.  Evee is the leader in steals with 1.1 snatches per game. 

 

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Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners Predictions 3/3/2022

 

The UTEP Miners are looking to snap their two-game losing streak.  Last Saturday, UTEP built a 7-point lead at the half but was unable to stop the UAB Blazers’ 42-point rally in the second half which led to the 66-69 loss.  Souley Bourn led in scoring with 26 points.  Keonte Kennedy added 10 points while Tydus Verhoeven grabbed 7 rebounds. 

 

The Miners were 45.5% in shooting, 3% more than UAB.  They made 7 of 24 three-points and only 9 of 16 free throws.  The team was outrebounded, 25-42 but forced UAB to turnover the ball 17 times.  As a team, the Miners are averaging 68.9 ppg which is 264th. 

 

The team makes 31.8 rebounds per game which is 397th and 12.1 assists per game is 297th in the league.  Solely Boum leads the Miners with an average of 20.1 ppg.  Tydus Verhoeven leads with 4.6 rpg and 1 block per game.  Jamal Bieniemy is the leader with 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  Keonte Kennedy leads with 42.6% FG. 

 

Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners.  The NCAAB pick is the UTEP Miners.  The UTEP Miners are the better team overall and will be out for revenge after losing a very close match.  The Miners are ahead in offense, averaging 7 more points per game. 

 

UTEP is also ahead in shooting, rebounds, and assists.   This will be another close match for UTEP but they have the home for support.  Taking the win at home is the UTEP Miners with a final score prediction of 74-69 but the Rice Owls will cover.

 

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Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners 3/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 P.M. ET

 

Location: Don Haskins Center, El Paso

 

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

 

TV: CBSSN

 

NCAAB ODDS: UTEP Miners -7.5

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 144.5

 

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