Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Texas El Paso Miners - 11/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas El Paso Miners (4-0) at Southern Illinois Salukis (5-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm (American Bank Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UTEP Miners will play the Southern Illinois Salukis in a non-conference game played at Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Southern Illinois Salukis are 5-0 and are coming off of a win against Oakland by a score of 97-88. Southern Illinois scored 54 points in the second half to pull away from Oakland. Anthony Beane scored 30 points for Southern Illinois. Sean O’Brien added 11 points and 9 rebounds for Southern Illinois. Southern Illinois out rebounded their opponent by a total of 34-30 and had 20 assists in their victory. Southern Illinois is averaging 82.6 points per game while giving up 72.8 points per game. Southern Illinois is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Anthony Beane is the leading scorer for Southern Illinois with 23.2 points per game, while also averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. Southern Illinois is averaging 67.6% on free throws, 38.2% on three-pointers, and 47.6% on all field goal attempts.
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The UTEP Miners are 4-0 and are coming off of a win against Florida A&M by a score of 72-54. UTEP doubled up their opponent at the half by a score of 48-24 and cruised to the easy victory. Lee Moore scored 17 points to lead UTEP in scoring in this game. Hooper Vint scored 10 points and had 9 rebounds for UTEP. UTEP out rebounded their opponent by a total of 38-33 and had 16 assists in their victory. UTEP is averaging 83.3 points per game while giving up 60.7 points per game. UTEP is also averaging 40.8 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per game. Lee Moore is the leading scorer for UTEP with 16.5 points per game. UTEP is shooting 70.3% on free throws, 42% on three-pointers, and 50% on all field goal attempts.
UTEP is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. UTEP is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The under is 7-2 in UTEP’s last 9 neutral site games. Southern Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Southern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 9-4 the Southern Illinois last 13 games overall.
UTEP has started this season playing very good defense, which should give them the advantage in this game. Southern Illinois has also played well to start the season, but they have allowed over ten more points per game than UTEP. I am siding with the better defense here; give me UTEP.