UTEP vs. Florida International - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida International Golden Panthers (8-9) at UTEP Miners (6-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)
The Line: UTEP Miners -5.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
CUSA college basketball action presents us with the FIU Golden Panthers visiting the UTEP Miners.
The FIU Golden Panthers have been largely ignored heading in to conference play but the team has been competitive. FIU is aiming for consecutive victories after upending the UTSA Roadrunners 79-76 as a nine point road dog on Thursday. The Golden Panthers held a 44.8%-39% shooting edge which was just enough to win.
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FIU received 20 points and eight assists from Brian Beard Jr. on 6-14 from the floor followed by Trejon Jacob with 16 points and six boards on 6-11 shooting. Eric Lockett gave the Golden Panthers 15 points and nine rebounds on 7-16 from the field while Michael Douglas and Osasumwen Osaghae tossed in ten points each.
The UTEP Miners need a change in direction after dropping five of six where both ends of the floor have had some issues. UTEP comes in off of a 73-66 loss to the visiting Florida Atlantic Owls as a six point favorite. The Miners held a 41.1%-37.9% edge in marksmanship but allowed ten more FAU shots.
Evan Gilyard led the Miners in scoring with a contest high 20 points on 7-13 shooting and 3-5 on threes while Omega Harris added eleven points, five pulls and five steals on 4-9. Paul Thomas tossed in nine points on 4-8 shooting followed by Kobe Magee and Matt Wilms with eight points each.
Over is 15-6-1 in FIU last 22 overall. UTEP are 11-0 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and UTEP are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and UTEP are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall. Over is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Golden Panthers seem to be more competitive then we have seen in recent years so I’ll take the points…