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Texas El Paso Miners vs. Norfolk State Spartans - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Norfolk State Spartans (4-7) at Texas El Paso Miners (6-4)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Norfolk State Spartans will travel to play the UTEP Miners in a non-conference game on Monday.

The UTEP Miners are 6-4 and are coming off of a loss to New Mexico State by a score of 73-53. UTEP only trailed by 1 point at halftime but fell apart in the second half for the blowout loss. Omega Harris had 23 points and 3 assists for UTEP. Terry Winn added 5 points and 6 rebounds for the Miners. UTEP was out rebounded by a total of 38-27 and had 13 assists in their defeat. UTEP is averaging 74.5 points per game while giving up 69.3 points per game. UTEP is also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Lee Moore is averaging 14.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, while Dominic Artis is averaging 10.7 points per game and 5.2 assists per game for UTEP. UTEP is shooting 67.3% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 44% on all field goal attempts.

Texas El Paso Miners vs. Norfolk State Spartans - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Norfolk State Spartans are 4-7 and are coming off of a loss to Evansville by a score of 84-70. Norfolk State was leading by 1 point at halftime but was outscored by 15 points in the second half for the loss. Jeff Short had 22 points and 3 rebounds for Norfolk State. Jonathan Wade added 14 points and 2 assists for the Spartans. Norfolk State was out rebounded by a total of 27-21 and had 8 assists in their defeat. Norfolk State is averaging 70.5 points per game while giving up 74 points per game. Norfolk State is also averaging 34.5 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per game. Jeff Short is averaging 16.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game, while D’Shon Taylor is averaging 13.2 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Norfolk State. Norfolk State is shooting 76.5% on free throws, 39.1% on three pointers, and 41.7% on all field goal attempts.

Norfolk State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Norfolk State is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Monday games. The under is 9-2 in Norfolk State’s last 11 road games. UTEP is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games. UTEP is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Monday games. The under is 15-5 in UTEP’s last 20 non-conference games.

UTEP has started the season much better than Norfolk State and I expect them to get the win in this game. UTEP has played strong defense, while Norfolk State has been inconsistent on offense. UTEP has a slight advantage in rebounding and has the better shooting percentage. I am taking UTEP in this game.

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UTEP Miners -7

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