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UTEP vs. Rice - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice at UTEP
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Don Haskins Center
El Paso, Texas
The Line
UTEP Miners -5 O/U: 145
TV Channel
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The Rice Owls and the UTEP Miners will meet up in college basketball action on Saturday.

Rice comes into this one at a sketchy 7-10 this season. Rice is just 2-3 in their last five games, beating Southern Miss and LA Tech while falling to Omaha, North Texas and UTSA during that time.

In the loss to the Roadrunners, Rice’s lead scorers were Quentin Millora-Brown and Chris Mullins, each with 14 points and a combined four assists and 11 rebounds between them. Ako Adams and Trey Murphy would add 10 points apiece for the Owls there.

Over on the UTEP side, they’re 5-9 this season. The Miners have lost their last three straight games, falling to UTSA (twice) and North Texas in that span dating back to January 3.

In the loss to the Mean Green, UTEP’s top scorer was Efe Odigie with 13 points and eight rebounds. The only other Miner in double-figures in that game was Nigel Hawkins with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

The Owls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus a team with a losing straight-up record. Rice is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 overall.

Meanwhile, the Miners are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 following an ATS loss. UTEP is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus CUSA.

The good thing about Rice is that you can usually count on them to finish in the above-70-point range, which is the hotspot for winning games in college basketball. That said, you can also usually count on the Owls to cough up numbers in the above-70-point range as well.

UTEP can ride their offense every now and again, but they seem more comfortable playing a plodding, defensive game style.

The O/U seems about right on for this game; I can see it finishing at 70-something to 70-something, and in that scenario Rice is the more likely one to hit a cover.

Rice Owls +5

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