Arizona State vs UTEP College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/16/20

Arizona State vs UTEP College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/16/20 Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP Miners (2-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Desert Financial Arena)

The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -13.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UTEP Miners and the Arizona State Sun Devils meet in college basketball action from the Desert Financial Arena on Wednesday night.

The UTEP Miners will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 69-61 loss to Arizona last time out. Souley Boum led UTEP with 16 points on4 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Bryson Williams added 10 points with a team-high 7 rebounds as the only other UTEP player to score in double figures in the loss for the Miners. Keonte Kennedy added 8 points with 5 rebounds and 4 steals while Jamal Bieniemy had 6 points with a team-high 4 assists in the defeat. Boum leads UTEP in scoring with an average of 23.5 points per game while Bieniemy leads the Miners in assists with 5.7 assists per game and Williams leads the Miners on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UTEP is averaging 76.5 points on 45.2% shooting from the field, 36.6% from behind the arc and 76.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range this season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils will look to add to their 71-70 win over Grand Canyon that pushed their record to 4-2 on the year. Remy Martin led the way with 31 points on 12 of 21 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists while Josh Christopher added 11 points with 3 steals and 3 assists and Holland Woods chipped in 10 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for ASU in the winning effort. Alonzo Verge Jr. had 9 points with 3 steals and Kimani Lawrence had 4 points and a team-high 6 rebounds. Martin leads Arizona State in scoring and assists with an average of 18.2 points and 3.8 assists per game while Marcus Bagley leads the Sun Devils in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Arizona State is averaging 79.5 points on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from 3-point range and 69.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.7 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range this season.

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UTEP is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games against a team with a losing home record. Arizona State is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.

Arizona State is a team I’ve been high on coming into the year, but while the Sun Devils havea. 4-2 record, they’re also 1-5 ATS this season. This Arizona State team has just been letting opponents hang around and a couple of times this season it’s almost cost the Sun Devils. I’m not saying UTEP is a world-beater and is going to come into this one and walk out with a win, but I think if you can keep Arizona within single digits, you can do the same against an Arizona State team that barely plays defense. I’ll take my shot with UTEP and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick UTEP +13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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