Middle Tennessee vs. UTEP - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas El Paso Miners (10-5) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -8.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the UTEP Miners face off on Thursday in college basketball action.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 8-5 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. MTU is averaging 69.1 points and they are shooting 43 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Giddy Potts leads the Blue Raiders averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Reggie Upshaw is averaging 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, Darnell Harris is averaging 12.6 points, and Perrin Buford is averaging 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Middle Tennessee is 4-1 at home this season.
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The UTEP Miners are 10-5 this season and they have won their last four games. UTEP is averaging 74.4 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 points. Omega Harris leads the Miners averaging 14.8 points per game. Lee Moore is averaging 14 points and 5.3 rebounds, Dominic Artis is averaging 12.3 points, and Earvin Morris Jr. is averaging 12.1 points. UTEP has improved as they have gotten healthier.
Middle Tennessee is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 19-7-1 against the spread in their last 27 home games, and 5-11-1 against the spread against Conference USA. UTEP is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 road games.
S defense may be lacking but this is a big number so I will take the points with the road dog.