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Southern Mississippi vs. UTEP - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP Miners (6-8) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UTEP Miners visit the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in CUSA college basketball.

The UTEP Miners fell to the North Texas Mean Green by one point in their conference opener but rebounded to crush the visiting Rice Owls 80-62 as a ten point home favorite on Saturday. UTEP broke open a close game with a 51-31 second half run behind a hefty 55.4%-36.1% shooting edge. 

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Southern Mississippi vs. UTEP - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The balanced Miners attack received 16 points and seven rebounds from Trey Wade on 7-11 from the floor followed by a 15 point, four pull effort from Isiah Wade on 6-10 accuracy. Kobe Magee gave UTEP 12 point and four yanks on 4-4 from the field while Trey Touchet and Tirus Smith combined for 17 points on 7-11. 

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles need a boost in confidence only winning can provide with team suffering through a four game slide after an 82-66 defeat at the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as a 15.5 point underdog. Southern Miss was outshot 52%-35.2% which negated 21 more looks at the basket.

Tyree Griffin led the Southern Miss attack with 14 points, four yanks and six assists on 5-16 with Cortez Edwards adding 12 points, nine rebounds and four helpers on 5-16 shooting. Anfernee Hampton gave the Golden Eagles eleven points and four boards while Kevin Holland chipped in with nine points and three assists on 3-7. 

UTEP are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and UTEP are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and UTEP are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. Southern Miss are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and Southern Miss are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. Home team is 18-4 ATS in the last 22 meetings.

Neither team looks like a solid bet in my view so I’m going with Southern Miss at home…

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