We have more than 140 NCAAB games on the schedule for Saturday, January 21, and this conference tilt is one of them, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Owls vs. Miners betting pick and odds.
Florida Atlantic is looking for the 18th straight victory when they visit UTEP at Don Haskins Center. The Owls are 7-point favorites on BetUS Sportsbook, while the total is set at 132.5 points. These C-USA foes have faced once last year, and the Miners won 70-68 at home.
Owls didn’t have problems with the Roadrunners
The No. 24 Florida Atlantic Owls (18-1, 13-3-1 ATS) are one of the hottest teams in college basketball as they extended their winning streak to 17 games after defeating the UTSA Roadrunners on the road. The Owls won the opening half by 16 points and didn’t have problems securing a comfortable 83-64 victory. FAU limited the hosts to 36.2% from the floor, and made ten three-pointers opposite UTSA’s five, while the Owls were better in rebounds (46-35), assists (16-7), and steals (7-2). Florida Atlantic will conclude a three-game road trip with this game against UTEP on Saturday and then will return home for a two-game stay.
Sophomore guard Johnell Davis led the Owls in a win against UTSA with 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Brandon Weatherspoon added 12 points and four boards, Alijah Martin chipped in 11 points, team-high seven rebounds, and game-high three steals, while Nicholas Boyd had ten points, four boards, and two thefts.
Miners shot very well in a win over FIU
The UTEP Miners (11-8, 13-4-0 ATS) responded to a four-game losing skid with three wins in the last four games, including the most recent one over the Florida International Panthers at home. The Miners recorded one of their easiest wins of the campaign as they shot 57.1% from the field and dominated in rebounds (35-19) and assists (16-7), so a convincing 81-61 victory didn’t come as a surprise.
Senior guard Shamar Givance led the Miners with a double-double of 15 points and a game-high ten assists along with four rebounds. It was Givance’s third double-double of the season. Otis Frazier III also scored 15 points with game-high six boards and game-high four steals, Calvin Solomon contributed ten points and five rebounds, while Jamari Sibley had ten points and five boards off the bench.
G Malik Zachery (personal) is out indefinitely and is not going to feature on Saturday against FAU.
- 13-2-1 ATS in the last 16 games
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games against UTEP
- 2-4 ATS in the last six games when playing at home against Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. UTEP Miners Pick
Florida Atlantic is unstoppable at the moment, and even though UTEP has a solid home record this year (10-2), I don’t believe the Miners will be the ones to snap the Owls’ fantastic run. FAU is averaging 78.0 ppg and is allowing 63.6 ppg. On the other hand, UTEP is scoring 70.2 ppg and is surrendering 66.3 ppg. That said, it’s clear that the Owls are better in both segments, but they are also better in rebounds and assists, so I don’t see how the Miners can avoid a defeat on Saturday.
Pick: Take the Owls at -6.5 (-110)
The Owls are playing excellent defense lately; they limited their opponents to below 68 points in four of the last five games. I am not sure FAU is going to keep the Miners below that mark, which is why I am going with a high-scoring affair (high-scoring when we consider the point total for this game, I am not talking about a 200-point game). The total has gone Over in eight of UTEP’s last 12 games against the C-USA opponents; the total went Over in five of Florida Atlantic’s previous six games, while the total has gone Over in nine of the Owls’ last 11 games against the C-USA rivals.
Pick: Go Over 132.5 points (-110)