Planning on watching today's Gamecocks and Miners game? Catch the action at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, as the Miners hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. This Conference USA conference matchup has an over/under of 130 points, and UTEP is favored to win by -4 at home vs. Jacksonville State.

JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS VS UTEP MINERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UTEP Miners -4

This game will be played at Don Haskins Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE UTEP MINERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Miners.
  • Not only will UTEP pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 130 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Jacksonville State Lock in a Road Win?

After their win over Liberty, Jacksonville State has an overall record of 11-10. So far this season, they have gone 3-3 in Conference USA games and 8-7 in non-conference games. On the road, the Gamecocks have gone 4-6, and their average scoring margin in these games is +0.8.

As the underdog, Jacksonville State has gone 4-7 in 11 games this season. So far, they have been the underdog in 11 of their 21 games. Right now, they are on a two-game losing streak on the road.

As the underdog this season, Jacksonville State has gone 6-5 vs. the spread. On the road, the Gamecocks are 6-4 ATS and their last three road games have resulted in a 1-2 ATS mark.

So far this season, the over/under record for Jacksonville State is 7-12 and today's over/under line of 130 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (135). Currently, their average scoring total is 131.7 points per game. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 135 points.

In their most recent game, the Gamecocks' offense tallied 73 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 70.8 points per game. Kyky Tandy is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 19. Meanwhile, Quincy Clark also brings a PPG average of 8.4 into the game.

Currently, the Gamecocks' defense holds the 21st rank in the nation, allowing 63.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Liberty, the Flames finished with a field goal percentage of 62% and a total of 62 points vs. Jacksonville State.

Will UTEP Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

UTEP is 11-10 overall this season and 2-4 in Conference USA games. They have lost two straight games, including a 60-56 loss to Sam Houston State in their most recent contest. At home, the Miners are 8-3 this season and have won three straight games.

Today, UTEP is favored by four points. They have been favored in nine of their 21 games this season, going 8-1 in those games. For the year, the Miners have an average scoring margin of +3.8 points per game at home.

When looking at UTEP's ATS record this season, they are just 5-12-1. However, their ATS mark at home is 4-6-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Miners are 5-5 vs. the spread.

UTEP's over/under record this season is 7-11 and today's over/under line of 130 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (139.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points, which is higher than today's over/under line.

In contrast to their season average of 73.6 points per game, the UTEP had a below average performance. They scored 56 points against Sam Houston State and had a field goal percentage of 36.2%. Leading the team in scoring is Tae Hardy, who is averaging 15.3 heading into today's matchup. Additionally, Zid Powell also maintains a PPG average of 11.1 heading into game.

So far, the Miners' defense is ranked 107th in the country at 69.3 points per contest. Against Sam Houston State in their most recent game, the UTEP defense gave up a total of 60 points while allowing Sam Houston State to hit 40% of their shots.