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UTEP vs. FIU - 3/9/16 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida International Golden Panthers (13-18) at Texas El Paso Miners (18-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Legacy Arena)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -1.5 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds

TV: ANS

The FIU Golden Panthers and UTEP Miners meet Wednesday night in the C-USA Tournament.

The FIU Golden Panthers look for a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The FIU Golden Panthers are averaging 71.1 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Daviyon Draper is averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds while Donte McGill is averaging 15.8 points and 1.2 assists. Adrian Diaz is the third double-digit scorer and Jason Boswell is dishing 1.7 assists. The FIU Golden Panthers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Panthers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The FIU Golden Panthers have split their last six neutral site games.

UTEP vs. FIU - 3/9/16 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The UTEP Miners are averaging 76.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Lee Moore is averaging 15 points and 3.5 assists while Earvin Morris Jr. is averaging 13.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Dominic Artis is dishing 5.2 assists and Terry Winn is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line. The Miners are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have won five of their last seven neutral site games.

The Golden Panthers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Miners are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. 

UTEP has been far more consistent this season and enters the tournament on a hot streak with wins in six of its last eight games. FIU is capable of winning this game but has been hit or miss all year. I have to side with the Miners, but wouldn't be shocked either way.

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Texas El Paso Miners -1.5

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