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Middle Tennessee State vs. UTEP - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP at Middle Tennessee State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Murphy Athletic Center
Murfreesboro, TN
The Line
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders -7 -- O/U: 131.5
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The UTEP Miners and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Murphy Athletic Center on Saturday night.

The UTEP Miners come into this game looking to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 69-53 loss to the same Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders last time out. Paul Thomas led the Miners with 13 points along with 3 threes, 7 rebounds and 4 steals while Kaosi Ezeagu added 12 points with a team-high 9 rebounds. Jordan Lathon had 11 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists while Nigel Hawkins added 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for UTEP in the loss. Evan Gilyard was held scoreless but still leads the Miners in scoring with 13.7 points per game while Lathon leads the Miners in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UTEP is averaging 64.7 points per game on 40.5% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line this season.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to build on their win over UTEP last time out. Antonio Green led the Blue Raiders with 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting with 4 threes while James Hawthorne added 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 triples and 8 rebounds. Reggie Scurry had 15 points with 7 boards and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Middle Tennessee in the win, while Karl Gamble had 8 rebounds and Jayce Johnson added 6 points with a team-high 13 rebounds as well in the victory. Green leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with an average of 18.6 points per game while Gamble leads the Blue Raiders in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game and Donovan Sims leads Middle Tennessee in assists with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 67.7 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line this season.

UTEP is 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 6-22 ATS in their last 28 conference games while the under is 14-5 in their last 19 games following a loss. Middle Tennessee is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. UTEP is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Beating the same team in a span of a few days is difficult, but if you can get that first win on the road, it makes the 2nd game a bit easier. UTEP hasn’t looked good during their current losing streak and have had issues covering numbers ever since conference play started. Middle Tennessee had a rough start to the year, but the Blue Raiders are finishing strong and covering numbers left and right, both overall and at home. Add in the lack of success that UTEP has had in this matchup, and I think you have to lay the points with Middle Tennessee in this spot.

Middle Tennessee State -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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