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UTEP vs. FIU - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
FIU at UTEP
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Don Haskins Center
El Paso, Texas
The Line
UTEP Miners +2 O/U: 150
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | FIU at UTEP
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The FIU Panthers and the UTEP Miners will match up on the college basketball court Saturday.

FIU comes in here with a 14-10 record overall. The Panthers have lost three of their last four games, dropping to Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss and UTSA during that stretch of outings.

In the loss to the Roadrunners, FIU’s only scorers in double-figures were Brian Beard and Devon Andrews. The two players each posted 14 points, and combined for four assists and five rebounds.

Over on the UTEP side, they’re 7-15 on the year. The Miners have lost their last three straight games, falling to Marshall, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic during that time.

In the loss to the Owls, UTEP’s only double-digit scorer was Nigel Hawkins on 12 points, four rebounds and one assist. Leading the rebounding was Efe Odigie with 10, alongside his seven points for the Miners.

FIU is 6-2 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six versus a team with a losing straight-up record and the under is 4-1 in their last five road games.

Meanwhile, the Miners are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 versus CUSA and 2-9 ATS in the last 11 overall. UTEP is 1-5 ATS in the last six home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

FIU was destroyed by a “meh” UTSA squad, falling behind 50-30 at the half and 100-67 at game’s end. The Panthers have given up at least 89 points in each of their last three losses.

That said, UTEP is extremely uninspiring on the scoreboard these days, and they seem to drop below 60 points more often than not lately. I’m going to say the Panthers step up and cover here, but otherwise there’s really not much intrigue to be found.

Pick:
FIU Panthers -2

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