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UTEP vs. Saint Mary’s 12/8/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

UTEP takes on Saint Mary’s on 12/8/2020 at 10:00PM.

UTEP and Saint Mary’s face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. UTEP has a record of 2-0 this season. Saint Mary’s is 4-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The UTEP Roster

The Players to Watch for UTEP

Souley Boum 6-3 163 Guard

Souley Boum sports a 43.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Souley Boum attempted 0.517% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Souley Boum shot 0.533% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.571% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Souley Boum is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Souley Boum has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Keonte Kennedy 6-5 180 Guard

Keonte Kennedy sports a 10.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Keonte Kennedy attempted 0.192% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.2% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.524% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Keonte Kennedy is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Keonte Kennedy has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Bryson Williams 6-8 228 Forward

Bryson Williams has a 27.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Bryson Williams attempted 0.1% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Bryson Williams shot 0.333% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.667% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Bryson Williams has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Vuk Vulikic 6-4 192 Guard

Vuk Vulikic sports a -4.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Vuk Vulikic this season has 0.333% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Vuk Vulikic shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Vuk Vulikic shot 0.167% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Vuk Vulikic has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Tydus Verhoeven 6-9 225 Forward

Tydus Verhoeven sports a 11.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Tydus Verhoeven this season has 0.0% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Tydus Verhoeven shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.2% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Tydus Verhoeven has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Jamal Bieniemy 6-5 187 Guard

Jamal Bieniemy has a 28.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Jamal Bieniemy this season has 0.5% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Jamal Bieniemy shot 0.167% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Jamal Bieniemy shot 0.5% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Jamal Bieniemy is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jamal Bieniemy has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

The Saint Mary’s Roster

The Players to Watch for Saint Mary’s

Tommy Kuhse 6-2 180 Guard

Tommy Kuhse sports a 19.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Tommy Kuhse attempted 0.259% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Tommy Kuhse shot 0.429% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.45% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Tommy Kuhse has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Alex Ducas 6-6 215 Guard

Alex Ducas sports a 22.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Alex Ducas this season has 0.62% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Alex Ducas shot 0.323% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Alex Ducas shot 0.632% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Alex Ducas has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Matthias Tass 6-10 240 Forward

Matthias Tass sports a 21.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Matthias Tass attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Matthias Tass shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Matthias Tass shot 0.629% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Matthias Tass has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Matthias Tass is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jabe Mullins 6-5 190 Guard

Jabe Mullins has a 7.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jabe Mullins attempted 0.594% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Jabe Mullins shot 0.316% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.308% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Jabe Mullins is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Jabe Mullins has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jabe Mullins is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Dan Fotu 6-7 220 Forward

Dan Fotu sports a 11.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Dan Fotu this season has 0.464% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.308% of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.4% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Dan Fotu has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Logan Johnson 6-2 175 Guard

Logan Johnson sports a 5.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Logan Johnson this season has 0.357% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Logan Johnson shot 0.2% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.333% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Logan Johnson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

UTEP vs. Saint Mary’s Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: UTEP 57 Saint Mary’s 70

Spread Pick: Saint Mary’s -12.5 -113 Pinnacle Sports
Total Pick: Under 131 -110 Bookmaker