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UTEP vs. Norfolk State - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Norfolk State Spartans (4-8) at UTEP Miners (4-5)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UTEP Miners -8 -- Over/Under: 138
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NCAA BB | Norfolk State Spartans (4-8) at UTEP Miners (4-5)
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The Sun Bowl Invitational college basketball tournament pits the Norfolk State Spartans against the UTEP Miners.

The Norfolk State Spartans are hoping to avoid a 4thstraight defeat after suffering an 80-49 loss at Loyola-Chicago on Sunday as a 16 point underdog. Norfolk State trailed by 31 points after 20 minutes and were never a factor with Ramblers holding a 68.3%-34.5% shooting edge.

Nic Thomas was the Spartans lone double digit scorer with 18 points and four steals on 6-14 from the floor including 4-9 from beyond the arc. Jordan Butler gave Norfolk State nine points and four boards with Derrik Jamerson Jr. and Armani Branch chipping in with six and five points respectively.

The Texas El Paso Miners are eyeing consecutive wins after knocking off UC Riverside 68-56 as a seven point home favorite on Sunday. Both teams sank shots in the 42% range with UTEP turning 24 Highlanders turnovers in to a decisive 24-6 advantage at the stripe.

Efe Odigie was the Miners top weapon with a contest high 24 points, eleven rebounds and three steals on 8-14 marksmanship and 8-9 at the line while Jordan Lathon added 14 points, four pulls, four helpers and three steals on 3-4 shooting and 7-10 at the stripe. Nigel Hawkins and Paul Thomas gave UTEP nine points each followed by Ountae Campbell with seven points.

Norfolk State Spartans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and under is 4-1 in Norfolk State  Spartans last 5 road games and under is 4-1 in Norfolk State Spartans last 5 games following a straight up loss. UTEP Miners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and UTEP Miners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and UTEP Miners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

This looks like chance for the Miners to win easily but things look more difficult in 2018-19…

Pick:
Norfolk State +8

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