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UTEP vs. New Mexico - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Mexico Lobos (3-4) at UTEP Miners (1-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: UTEP Miners +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The New Mexico Lobos and UTEP Miners meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Don Haskins Center.

The New Mexico Lobos look for their first road victory to get back to a .500 record. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 87.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 76.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Chris McNeal is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 assists while Sam Logwood is averaging 15.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. Anthony Mathis is the third double-digit scorer and Troy Simons is dishing 1.7 assists. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The New Mexico Lobos have split their last eight road games.

UTEP vs. New Mexico - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UTEP Miners need a bounce back victory here to snap a six-game losing streak. The UTEP Miners are averaging 65.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Matt Willms is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while Keith Frazier is averaging 14 points and 1.5 assists. Omega Harris is dishing 2.5 assists and Trey Wade is grabbing three rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have split their last eight home games.

The Lobos are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Miners are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Lobos are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

UTEP has scored 63 or less points in five of its first seven games this season, and they're one of the worst offensive teams in the country in nearly every stat. New Mexico has been rather consistent at both ends out of the gate and could easily have an even better resume after a close loss to TCU. I just can't back the Miners given their offensive situation. I'll lay the bucket with the better team on the road. 

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