Middle Tennessee vs. UTEP - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UTEP Miners (15-14) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-22)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Murphy Athletic Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: 136
The UTEP Miners and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Murphy Athletic Center.
The UTEP Miners need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The UTEP Miners are averaging 67 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Bryson Williams is averaging 18.2 points and seven rebounds while Souley Boum is averaging 12.4 points and 3.2 rebounds. Daryl Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Efe Odigie is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have lost eight of their last nine road games.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 71.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 76.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. CJ Jones is averaging 16.1 points and 2.7 rebounds while Antonio Green is averaging 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. Jayce Johnson is dishing 2.1 assists and Jo'Vontae Millner is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost three straight home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
Both of these teams are in rough form entering this contest, so this is a spot where I'd usually take the points and hope for the best. However, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are playing awful basketball entering this contest and are just 4-6 against the spread at home and 10-16 against the spread on the season. The UTEP Miners have had little success on the road this season, but they're been the more consistent team this season overall and that's even with this recent rough patch they've entered. I'll lay the bucket with UTEP on the road, but there's better options out there.