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Texas El Paso vs. Alcorn State - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Alcorn State Braves (1-8) at Texas El Paso Miners (6-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -23.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Alcorn State Braves and UTEP Miners play Sunday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The Alcorn State Braves are off to a tough 1-8 start and will play their seventh true road game. On the season, Alcorn State is averaging 58.1 points on 35.3 percent shooting and is allowing 80 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Leantwan Luckett is averaging 15.2 points on 35.7 percent shooting and Marquis Vance is averaging 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. Reginald Johnson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tyrel Hunt is shooting 48.4 percent from the field. The Alcorn State Braves are one of the worst defensive teams in the country, as they’ve allowed 80-plus points in five of their first nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 38.7 percent from deep. Offensively, Alcorn State is shooting 67 percent from the free throw line and 27.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Texas El Paso vs. Alcorn State - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners have split their last four games and are looking to build on a close game against Arizona. On the season, UTEP is averaging 68.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Vince Hunter is averaging 16.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while Cedrick Lang is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. Julian Washburn is the third player averaging double-digit points and C.J. Cooper is dishing out 4.2 assists. The UTEP Miners are a deep offensive team that has seven players averaging at least 5.7 points while they’re shooting 65.8 percent from the free throw line and 33.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, UTEP is forcing 11.6 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 36 percent from deep.

The Braves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Miners are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a S.U. loss. 

UTEP has been solid for much of the season and is coming off a game against Arizona that it could have won late. Meanwhile, Alcorn State does nothing well and may be one of the worst teams in the country. While I hate insane chalk, that's likely the only play here if you're looking at this matchup. 

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Texas El Paso Miners -23.5

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