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UTEP Miners vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0) at UTEP Miners (1-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: UTEP Miners -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons butt heads with the UTEP Miners in college basketball on Thursday.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have gone 2-0 with a margin of victory of more then 40 points so they have yet to face adversity. The Demon Deacons thrashed Bucknell 94-74 on Sunday as a 14 point lead at the half slowly grew over the final 20 minutes. Wake outshot the Bison 50%-44.8% but sank 18 more free throws which negated nine more Bucknell looks. The balanced WF offense featured five double digit scorers with Keyshawn Woods leading the way with a game high 22 points on 8-9 followed by a 19 point, nine rebound effort from John Collins. Mitchell Wilbekin gave the Demon Deacons 13 points while Konstantinous Mitoglou and Austin Arians combined for 21 points.

UTEP Miners vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas-El Paso Miners are a bit of an unknown and their 88-54 victory over subdivision Louisiana College has not clarified things especially when this game was never competitive. We do know the Wildcats were far to small as their 30% shooting and 50-26 deficit on the backboards says with the Miners sinking shots at almost 55%. When the final horn went off Omega Harris poured in a contest high 24 points on 9-14 from the floor followed by Terry Winn with 15 points and eight boards. Three others gave the Miners another 27 points but UTEP played everyone and could have easily broken 100 points but to their credit, they didn’t press the issue. 

The over is 10-1 in Wake Forest last 11 Thursday games and the under is 6-2 in Wake Forest last 8 non-conference games while Wake Forest are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 Thursday games. The over is 8-3-1 in UTEP last 12 overall and UTEP are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games while the under is 9-4 in UTEP last 13 neutral site games.

I believe the Miners have the edge and win with most experts claiming Wake Forest is near the bottom of the ACC. Too soon to tell who is right or wrong so I’m with the points…

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Wake Forest +10

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