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Texas El Paso vs. Arizona - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Wildcats (11-0) at Texas El Paso Miners (6-3)

College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

The Arizona Wildcats and UTEP Miners square off Friday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The Arizona Wildcats are off to a 11-0 start and will play their first true road game. On the season, Arizona is averaging 78.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. Brandon Ashley is the third player averaging double-digit points and T.J. McConnell is averaging 6.1 assists. The Arizona Wildcats are one of the more balanced teams in the country, which includes 66 percent shooting from the free throw line and 37.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Arizona is forcing 14.2 turnovers per contest and is holding teams to 32.3 percent shooting from deep. Three of the Wildcats last four regular season losses have come on the road.

Texas El Paso vs. Arizona - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners have split their last six games and would love a big win here. On the season, UTEP is averaging 70.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Vince Hunter is averaging 16.2 points and 10.1 rebounds while Julian Washburn is averaging 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Cedrick Lang is the third player averaging double-digit points and C.J. Cooper is dishing out 4.1 assists. The UTEP Miners are a quality offensive team that has seven players averaging at least five points while shooting 67.7 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UTEP is forcing 11 turnovers per game and holding teams to 35.3 percent from downtown. UTEP is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per contest.

The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Miners are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. 

UTEP has already gone toe-to-toe with some of the better teams in the country, including Colorado State, Xavier and Washington. The Miners are also unbeaten at home. However, Arizona tops all of those teams and has been playing better ball on both sides. I'm taking the Wildcats and the reasonable chalk. 

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Arizona Wildcats -5

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