Western Kentucky @ Texas-El Paso
Current Records: Western Kentucky 15-14; Texas-El Paso 13-16
What to Know
The Texas-El Paso Miners haven't won a contest against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers since Feb. 6 of 2016, but they'll be looking to end the drought Thursday. Texas-El Paso and WKU will face off in a Conference USA battle at 9 p.m. ET at Don Haskins Center. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.
The Miners have to be hurting after a devastating 75-49 defeat at the hands of the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday. Texas-El Paso was surely aware of their 12-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result. One thing holding Texas-El Paso back was the mediocre play of guard Tae Hardy, who did not have his best game: he finished with only eight points on 3-for-11 shooting in his 40 minutes on the court.
Meanwhile, WKU lost to the UAB Blazers at home by a decisive 72-60 margin. Forward Jairus Hamilton (20 points) was the top scorer for the Hilltoppers.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Miners are expected to win a tight contest. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (8-3), so they might be worth a quick bet.
The losses put Texas-El Paso at 13-16 and WKU at 15-14. Texas-El Paso is 7-8 after losses this year, WKU 4-9.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: Don Haskins Center -- El Paso, Texas
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $19.78
The Miners are a 3-point favorite against the Hilltoppers, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Western Kentucky have won five out of their last six games against Texas-El Paso.
- Feb 04, 2023 - Western Kentucky 74 vs. Texas-El Paso 69
- Feb 13, 2020 - Western Kentucky 67 vs. Texas-El Paso 62
- Feb 02, 2019 - Western Kentucky 76 vs. Texas-El Paso 59
- Feb 01, 2018 - Western Kentucky 72 vs. Texas-El Paso 60
- Jan 26, 2017 - Western Kentucky 65 vs. Texas-El Paso 62
- Feb 06, 2016 - Texas-El Paso 93 vs. Western Kentucky 89