The UTEP Miners (4-0) will attempt to extend a four-game winning streak when they host the California Golden Bears (2-2) at 12:30 AM ET on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Pavilion. The contest airs on CBS Sports.
Tuesday’s matchup between the Miners and the Golden Bears features the Miners as small 2.5-point favorites. The game has an over/under of 141.
UTEP vs. Cal Odds
Point Spread for UTEP vs. Cal
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing UTEP as the favorite.
UTEP vs. Cal Moneyline
As for the moneyline, UTEP has -148 odds to pick up the win, while Cal is listed at +124 to claim victory.
UTEP vs. Cal Over/Under
Finally, the total for the game is set at 141 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
- Game Time: 12:30 AM ET
- TV Channel: CBS Sports
- Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
- Arena: Pavilion
UTEP vs. Cal Betting Trends
UTEP’s record against the spread last year was 16-14-0. The Miners were the moneyline favorite 12 total times last season. They went 9-3 in those games. Out of 32 UTEP games last year, 19 hit the over.
Against the spread, Cal was 13-18-0 last season. Last season, the Golden Bears won two out of the 23 games, or 8.7%, in which they were the underdog. Out of 32 Cal games last year, 15 hit the over.
UTEP vs. Cal Key Players to Watch
Shamar Givance led the Miners at 4.4 assists per game last season, while also posting 3.8 rebounds and 11.0 points. Calvin Solomon paced the Miners at 6.0 rebounds per contest last season, while also averaging 2.1 assists and 9.7 points. Tae Hardy paced his team in points per game (12.8) last year, and also posted 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Defensively, he delivered 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. Ze’rik Onyema posted 7.0 points, 0.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game last year.
Lars Thiemann scored 9.5 points and pulled down 5.4 boards per game last season. Joel Brown distributed 3.2 assists per game while scoring 6.9 PPG. Sam Alajiki hit an average of 1.1 shots per game from beyond the arc a season ago. Brown and ND Okafor were defensive standouts last season, with Brown averaging 1.0 steal per game and Okafor collecting 0.7 blocks per contest.
What you need to know about the UTEP Miners
With 68.5 points scored per game and 68.5 points allowed last year, the Miners were 262nd in the nation on offense and 127th defensively. UTEP grabbed 32.5 rebounds per game and conceded 30.6 boards last season, ranking 195th and 85th, respectively, in college basketball.
Last year, UTEP was sixth-worst in the country in 3-point makes (4.9 per game) and third-worst in 3-point percentage (29.3%). UTEP was 94th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (6.5 per game) and 126th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.2%) last season.
What you need to know about the California Golden Bears
While the Golden Bears ranked in the bottom 25 in college basketball in points per game last year with 58.3 (-3-worst), they ranked 177th in college basketball with 70.1 points given up per contest. The Golden Bears averaged only 29.0 boards per game (13th-worst in college basketball), and allowed 33.7 boards per contest (283rd-ranked).
It was a difficult season for Cal in terms of threes, as it recorded only 4.9 made threes per game (sixth-worst in college basketball) and drained just 29.8% of its attempted threes (ninth-worst). The Golden Bears ceded 7.1 threes per game (175th-ranked in college basketball). They allowed opponents to shoot 33.5% (145th-ranked) from beyond the arc.
UTEP vs. Cal Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is UTEP, and we expect that UTEP will cover the spread (UTEP -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 141 points.
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