Texas El Paso vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-4) at Texas El Paso Miners (10-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)
The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and UTEP Miners play Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won three of their last four games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 76.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby is averaging 17.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting and Alex Hamilton is averaging 15.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. Erik McCree is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michale Kyser is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are a productive offensive team that has five players averaging at least eight points while they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the free throw line and 36 percent from downtown. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is forcing 15.5 turnovers and has allowed 54 or less points in three of its last seven games.
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The UTEP Miners have won six of their last seven games and hope to remain unbeaten in conference play. On the season, UTEP is averaging 71.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Vince Hunter is averaging 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds while Cedrick Lang is averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Earvin Morris Jr. is the third player averaging double-digit points and Julian Washburn is dishing out 2.6 assists. The UTEP Miners are also a solid offensive team with six players averaging at least 6.9 points while they’re shooting 66.6 percent from the free throw line and 36.4 percent from deep. Defensively, UTEP is forcing 12.3 turnovers and has allowed 62 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Miners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Not sure what oddmakers see in this game but the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are no joke and already have three SU road victories under their belt. While UTEP is a solid team in its own right, the Bulldogs are a potential NCAA tournament team that could win the C-USA. I'm taking the points here with solid confidence.