Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. UTEP Miners - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UTEP Miners (2-1) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm (TD Arena)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Sunday in college basketball activity, the University of Texas-El Paso Miners will be visiting the Mississippi State Bulldogs at TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina.
UTEP rolls into this game with a 2-1 record on the young season, winning 88-54 in their opener over Louisiana College and following that up with a 103-81 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday. Friday’s game fared better for the Miners, ending in an 85-75 win over Western Michigan.
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Omega Harris is the top scorer for UTEP so far, averaging 19.0 PPG. Dominic Artis and Matt Willms are also averaging in double figures for the Miners, with Artis sitting on 17.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG and 9.3 APG and Willms bagging 14.7 PPG and 4.3 RPG so far.
Over on the Mississippi State side, they’re sitting on a 2-1 record as well, bagging a 78-74 win over Norfolk in their opener and losing 86-61 to UCF in their second game. The Bulldogs were able to bounce back from that with an 80-68 win over Boise State in their most recent outing, however.
Quinndary Weatherspoon is the top scorer for the Bulldogs so far with 22.0 PPG and 5.7 RPG. IJ Ready and Tyson Carter are also in double figures for Mississippi State, with Ready sitting on 14.0 PPG with 5.7 APG and Carter at 13.3 PPG through three games.
Texas-El Paso is 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600. UTEP is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win, and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State is 4-0 ATS in their last four games versus Conference USA, and 8-1 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. Mississippi State is also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up win.
Mississippi State has caused fans a little worry so far on this young year, topping 70 points just once in their initial three games and looking pretty bad in that UCF loss. On the other side, Texas-El Paso hasn’t faced much competition this year—aside from Wake Forest—and has shown a penchant for scoring in their wins. If UTEP can muster up a nice group effort from Harris and the gang with a solid rebounding presence, I think the Miners can cover here.