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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Texas El Paso Miners Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14

Texas El Paso Miners (11-6) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (11-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Texas El Paso Miners face off on Thursday in a Conference USA college basketball battle.

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are off to an 11-5 start to the season including a 1-0 start in CUSA play. MTSU is 8-1 at home this season and they have played the 175th ranked schedule in the country. Shawn Jones is averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead the Blue Raiders. Neiko Hunter is averaging 13.5 points, Kenny Hammonds II is averaging 12.5 points, and Trantell Knight is averaging 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. Middle Tennessee State is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. MTSU is playing their second of three consecutive home games.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Texas El Paso Miners Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14

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The Texas-El Paso Miners are 1-1 in Conference USA play that puts them in a logjam in sixth place in the standings. UTEP has played the 151st ranked schedule in the country and they are 2-3 away from home this season. McKenzie Moore is averaging 13.1 points to lead the Miners. Julian Washburn is averaging 12 points, John Bohannon is averaging 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds, and Vince Hunter is averaging 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. UTEP is averaging 69.7 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. UTEP has a quick turnaround as they play at Drexel on Saturday.

MTSU is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, 0-5 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. UTEP is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, 7-2-1 against the spread against Conference USA, and 9-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

The number here looks slightly too large so my play here is taking the points with UTEP. 

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UTEP +6

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