Texas El Paso Miners vs. New Mexico State Aggies - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico State Aggies (5-5) at Texas El Paso Miners (6-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)
The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New Mexico State Aggies go on the road looking for a win at the Texas-El Paso Miners.
The New Mexico State Miners have been pegged as the top team in the WAC but they don’t look like it right now with losses tin four of five where points have been difficult to come by. A 79-61 defeat at rival New Mexico on Wednesday says defensive stops were also difficult to find especially in the second half when the Lobos pulled away. NMSU hit at 45% and UNM countered at 47.6% which was huge with the Lobos totaling ten more looks at the basket and making six more field goals including a 7-0 edge on threes. Pascal Siakam poured in a game high 21 points on 9-13 shooting but he was the Aggies lone DD scorer. Tanveer Bhullar and Jonathan Wilkins combined for 17 points as all eleven players that saw minutes scored.
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The UTEP Miners enjoyed six straight wins to kick off the season but have struggled in losing three in a row where both ends of the floor have come up short. The Miners are coming in off of an 84-68 defeat at Washington State as a seven point underdog. This was decided by which team made shots with the Cougars burning the nets at 55% and UTEP hitting at 36.5% which negated their 14 extra looks at the basket. The Miners received 13 points and seven boards from Lee Moore with Earvin Morris Jr. and Terry Winn adding 12 points apiece and combining for 12 rebounds. Hooper Vint and Dominic Artis combined for 19 points but the rest of the team totaled nine points.
The under is 6-2 in New Mexico State’s last 8 road games and the Aggies are 42-20-4 ATS in their last 66 Saturday games. The under is 14-5 in the Miners last 19 non-conference games and UTEP are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Aggies won the first match up and are heavy underdogs here so either New Mexico State has players out or Vegas made a big mistake…