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C-USA Final: Western Kentucky vs UTEP Picks and Predictions

The 2024 Conference USA Tournament final will be an exciting showdown as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face the UTEP Miners on Saturday. The Hilltoppers, who secured a 19-11 regular-season record, advanced as the No. 3 seed after an impressive 85-54 victory over MTSU in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the No. 5 seed Miners, with a regular-season record of 16-15, made an unexpected surge to the final, notably ousting top-seeded Sam Houston in the semis.

 

C-USA Final: Western Kentucky vs UTEP Picks and Predictions
C-USA Final: Western Kentucky vs UTEP Picks and Predictions

The championship game will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and take place at Propst Arena in Huntsville, AL. According to the latest odds from BetUS Sportsbook, Western Kentucky is a 3-point favorite over UTEP. While neither team is anywhere near being a favorite to win March Madness, that doesn’t mean we can’t fully enjoy and wager on Saturday’s prime matchup.

 

Western Kentucky vs UTEP Game Information

  • Game: Western Kentucky (21-11) vs UTEP (18-15)
  • Location:  Propst Arena, Huntsville, AL
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 16, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Western Kentucky vs UTEP Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Western Kentucky (21-11) will face UTEP (18-15) in the C-USA final, a game that will start at 8:30 p.m.ET and can be watched on CBSN.

Western Kentucky vs UTEP Odds and Spreads


  • UTEP are 4-1 against the NCAAB spread in their last five games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UTEP’s last seven games.
  • UTEP are 5-0 SU in their last five games.
  • UTEP are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against Western Kentucky.
  • UTEP are 1-8 SU in their last nine games against Western Kentucky.
  • UTEP are 5-1 SU in their last six games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference.
  • Western Kentucky are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky’s last five games.
  • Western Kentucky are 2-4 SU in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky’s last five games against UTEP.
  • Western Kentucky are 7-3 ATS in their last ten games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Western Kentucky’s last seven games against an opponent in the West Division.

 

Western Kentucky vs UTEP ATS Pick: Western Kentucky -3 (-110)

The UTEP Miners are eyeing their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 as they prepare for the Conference USA championship game. Standing in their way are the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, a team that has amassed 21 wins and is favored on the NCAAB odds by three points. The teams split their regular-season matchups, with UTEP securing a 93-87 victory in El Paso as 1 1/2-point favorites on January 20 and Western Kentucky taking the latest encounter 90-80 in Bowling Green on February 15, covering the spread as seven-point favorites.

Despite the Miners’ recent surge in the league tournament, eliminating Liberty and Sam Houston State and covering the spread in four of their last five games, they have a mixed record against the spread in recent matches, going 4-5 ATS in their previous nine. On the other hand, the Hilltoppers have had a strong performance against the Vegas betting odds, going 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games, including wins and covers against New Mexico State and Middle Tennessee in the C-USA tournament. However, WKU faced challenges at the end of the regular season, losing four consecutive games.

As the teams prepare to face off in Huntsville, Western Kentucky’s historical dominance in this matchup and recent betting performance suggest they are well-positioned to secure the victory against UTEP in the Conference USA championship game.

Chalk this up as the favorite of my March Madness picks today.

 

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Western Kentucky vs UTEP Score Prediction

Western Kentucky 74, UTEP 68

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who are the players to watch for on Saturday night?


Team leaders Tae Hardy (UTEP) and Don McHenry (WKU) will be the best players on the court, with each averaging around 15 PPG,

Is either team worth a look to win the National Title?


No. While both teams are solid, they aren’t worthy of championship consideration.

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