UTEP vs. Washington State - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington State Cougars (10-21) at Texas El Paso Miners (23-11)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)
The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UTEP Miners and the Washington State Cougars face off on Friday in their 2014-2015 Men’s College Basketball seasons.
The UTEP Miners return a ton of talent from last year’s team and they are hoping some of the success they had including an eight game winning streak carry over to this year. Last season UTEP had some mid-season controversy and players off of the team but that experience for many of the other players should pave the way for this year. Julian Washburn looks loaded to have a big year as he averaged 13.1 points per game last season and will only be better. Vince Hunter is one of many big men but he is probably the best of the bunch and he averaged 12.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. Matt Willms is 7’1” and is a presence in the middle. C.J. Cooper averaged 9.6 points per game last year and Earvin Morris is one of a few freshman that should contribute right away. UTEP has some question marks but with CUSA seemingly there for the taking they have a definite shot at the NCAA Tournament.
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The Washington State Cougars had a lousy year last season and with that bring a new Head Coach in Ernie Kent. Royce Woolridge is also gone as he transferred to Grand Canyon but most of Washington State’s team is back. The best news for WSU is that DeVonte Lacy is back and the second-team All-Pac-12 selection averaged 19.4 points and he will lead this team. Que Johnson averaged 9.5 points last season hitting 51 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Ike Iroegbu averaged 5.5 points and Junior Longrus 3.3 points. Washington State shot just 40 percent from the floor and less than 66 percent from the free throw line, both numbers they will need to drastically improve.
UTEP is 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, 34-16-2 against the spread in their last 52 games, and 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games. Washington State is 4-16-3 against the spread in their last 23 road games, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games, and 19-7-1 against the spread in their last 27 non-conference games.
This is a big number and until we see Washington State show us something they are going to be an avoid even though this line is a stretch making this pick just a lean.