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(18-10) Old Dominion Monarchs vs. UTEP Miners (13-15)
2017 NCAA Basketball – CUSA
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
CBB Moneyline Odds: Monarchs -2.5
CBB Betting Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Total: 119
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This is an important game in CUSA in terms of seeding for the conference tournament. The winner is guaranteed a top four spot in the league and the bye that goes with it. The lose could slip to 5th and have to play that extra game.
These teams are tied in the standing at the moment even though UTEP’s overall record is much worse. They have not met this season.
Old Dominion Monarchs
ODU has been pretty good since joining CUSA (for football) but they have yet to qualify for the NCAAs since making the jump. This season they will have to topple the field at the conference tournament to make it.
The Monarchs are 4th in the nation in points allowed at 60ppg. That means they are able to get by scoring just 64ppg. They make you earn it and that style of play can be very effective this time of year.
Even though they score so little they do balance the attack with 4 players averaging between 10 and 13ppg. The Stith brothers are part of that group with Brandon being a strong contributor at 10ppg and 7rpg.
The Monarchs definitely have a distinct style but they have been much more effective on offense of late, exceeding their scoring average in each of the last four while maintaining their great defense. If it is more than just luck they could be a tournament sleeper.
The Miners have been surging lately, winning 11 of 13 to put themselves into position to grab a top four seed in the conference tournament.
That includes four straight on the road which is impressive in any league.
They have a great backcourt duo in Omega Harris and Dominic Artis. Artis is the Oregon transfer who has found a home in Texas while Harris is a junior who just keeps getting better. Good guards like that can mean all the difference this time of year.
They also have that rare legit center in Matt Willms. He has exploded as a senior this season, at least as a scoring threat. He is not as much of a factor on the boards or on defense as he could be.
This is a big game but not their last home tilt. Still if they want to grab one of those top seeds they probably have to win out. That is the only guarantee.
CBB Betting Trends:
- ODU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thu. games.
- Over is 8-3 in ODU last 11 overall.
- Over is 8-3 in ODU last 11 vs. Conference USA.
- UTEP are 11-0 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Free Old Dominion Monarchs vs. UTEP Miners NCAAB Prediction:
The assumption is that CUSA is going to be a one bid league but the competition for that bid could be more fierce than expected with these two teams showing what they can do over the second half.
Not only has UTEP been on a roll but they are covering a lot – 11 straight. I am sure we all got on that earlier but there still might be some value going forward. They are hardly a public team.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UTEP ATS.
I like the veteran backcourt of UTEP. They should be experienced enough not to be frustrated by ODU.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: UTEP 70 – Old Dominion 63
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