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#729 UTEP 125 vs.
#730 North Texas -10
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.



#729 University of Texas at El Paso
#730 University of North Texas


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North Texas will be looking to build on its seven-game winning streak and stay at the top of the Conference USA when it hosts UTEP on Saturday night. The Miners are 12-8 and are coming off a win against Rice on Thursday night. North Texas is now 13-8 on the season after beating Texas-San Antonio on Thursday.

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UTEP led by junior forward

UTEP has been up-and-down in its last six games, splitting them 3-3. The Miners opened with a narrow 59-56 road loss to Florida Atlantic on Jan. 4. They bounced back with a 76-64 win against Southern Miss in the following game. Then came another loss, as they fell by three points to Louisiana Tech. Once again, UTEP bounced back with a win against Texas-San Antonio. The two teams met again last Saturday, with Texas-San Antonio earning the win at home the second time around. The Miners rebounded with an eight-point win against Rice on Thursday.

Junior forward Bryson Williams leads UTEP with 19.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is an excellent outside shooter, knocking down 22 of 50 attempts from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Souley Boum is scoring 11.4 points per game and is grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game. He has struggled with efficiency from downtown, making just 24 of 99 from long range. Senior guard Daryl Edwards is adding 9.7 points per game. He leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 38 of 102 attempts. Sophomore guard Jordan Lathon is the leading distributor, dishing out 2.5 assists per game.

North Texas sitting in first in the conference

North Texas has been on an absolute tear since dropping its conference opener to Western Kentucky on the road. The Mean Green have won seven games in a row en route to a spot in first place in the conference. They have racked up victories against Marshall, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Rice and Texas-San Antonio. Thursday’s win was a beat down against Texas-San Antonio. The Mean Green raced out to a 50-36 lead at halftime and outscored the Roadrunners by another six points in the second half to secure a 98-78 win.

The Mean Green are led by sophomore guard Umoja Gibson, who is scoring 14.3 points per game and is dishing out 2.1 assists per game. Gibson is one of the best 3-point shooters in the conference, making 57 of 138 attempts for a 41.3 percent clip. Junior guard Javion Hamlet is scoring 12.3 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.7 assists per game. He is also an extremely efficient outside shooter, making 17 of 41, which is good for 41.5 percent. Junior forward Zachary Simmons is scoring 8.7 points per game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Deng Geu is the leading rebounder with 5.9 boards per game, to go along with 8.2 points per game.

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North Texas is just on an absolute roll right now and is not a team I want to get in front of. The Mean Green have not only won seven games in a row en route to a first place spot in Conference USA, but they have also covered in six consecutive contests. UTEP has been extremely inconsistent, covering in one of its last five outings. The Miners are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and have lost all five of those games. I cannot see UTEP slowing down North Texas in this one.

Prediction: North Texas

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I love the under in this game. North Texas is the fifth-slowest team in college basketball, coming in at No. 348 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. The Mean Green are going to slow the ball down every possession and make sure they do not give up points in transition. UTEP is also a slow-paced team, ranking No. 237 in tempo. The Miners are bad on the offensive end of the court, ranking No. 262 in adjusted offensive efficiency. They are also very good on defense, siting at No. 62. The under has hit in four of North Texas’ last six games and I expect that to continue on Saturday night.

Prediction: Under

Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.