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Murray State vs. UTEP NIT - 3/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas El Paso Miners (22-10) at Murray State Racers (27-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 152 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Murray State Racers and the UTEP Miners face off on Tuesday at the CFSB Center in an opening round NIT college basketball matchup.

The Murray State Racers are 27-5 this season and a one-point loss to Belmont in the OVC Tournament lands them in this game. Murray State is averaging 79.1 points and they are shooting 48.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Camron Payne leads the Racers averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists per game. Jarvis Williams is averaging 15.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, T.J. Sapp is averaging 12.1 points, and Jeffery Moss is averaging 11.1 points. Murray State is 14-1 at home and 10-4 out of conference.

Murray State vs. UTEP NIT - 3/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners are 22-10 this season and a second round exit in the C-USA Tournament lands them in this matchup. UTEP is averaging 69.3 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Vince Hunter leads the Miners averaging 15 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Earvin Morris Jr. is averaging 11 points, Cedrick Lang is averaging 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Julian Washburn is averaging 10.4 points. UTEP is 5-6 on the road and 8-4 in out of conference games.

Murray State is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games, 6-2 against the spread in Conference USA, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. UTEP is 17-7-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 gams, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six road games.

The total in this game has jumped to 152 and I still see this one going over and that is my free pick. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Over 152

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