North Texas vs. Texas El Paso - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas El Paso Miners (8-4) at North Texas Mean Green (6-6)
College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (The Super Pit)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UTEP Miners and North Texas Mean Green play Friday night at the UNT Coliseum.
The UTEP Miners have won four of their last five games and play their third true road contest. On the season, UTEP is averaging 70.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 41 percent shooting. Vince Hunter is averaging 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds while Cedrick Lang is averaging 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Julian Washburn is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and C.J. Cooper is averaging 4.1 assists. The UTEP Miners are one of the best offensive teams in the C-USA, as they have seven players averaging at least six points and are shooting 66.3 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, UTEP is forcing 11.8 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 34.5 percent from deep.
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The North Texas Mean Green hope to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, North Texas is averaging 61.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Jordan Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jeremy Combs is averaging 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. T.J. Taylor is grabbing four rebounds and Maurice Aniefiok is shooting 39.1 percent from the field. The North Texas Mean Green are a lengthy team that’s averaging more than 37 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Offensively, North Texas is shooting 63 percent from the free throw line and 30 percent from deep while the defense is forcing 14.3 turnovers and holding teams to 31.6 percent shooting from deep. North Texas is 6-2 SU at home this season.
The Miners are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Mean Green Eagles are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
North Texas has been money at home and has the advantage on the glass to keep this game close. Give me the Mean Green and the points.