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UTEP vs. UC Riverside - 12/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Riverside Highlanders (3-7) at UTEP Miners (3-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 16, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UTEP Miners -8 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
CSU TV
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The UC Riverside Highlanders and UTEP Miners meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Don Haskins Center.

The UC Riverside Highlanders could use a big win here to rebound from a rough 3-7 record. The UC Riverside Highlanders are averaging 68.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 43 percent shooting. Dikymbe Martin is averaging 16.3 points and two assists while Jordan Gilliam is averaging 8.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Menno Dijkstra is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Dominick Pickett is dishing 1.2 assists. The UC Riverside Highlanders are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The UC Riverside Highlanders are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The UC Riverside Highlanders have lost all five road games this season.

The UTEP Miners also need a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The UTEP Miners are averaging 68.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 43 percent shooting. Evan Gilyard is averaging 18 points and 2.5 assists while Efe Odigie is averaging 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. Jordan Lathon is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Paul Thomas is dishing 1.8 assists. The UTEP Miners are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have won three of their last four home games.

The Highlanders are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win. The Miners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Miners last 7 home games. The under is 22-9-1 in Highlanders last 32 overall.

Laying big chalk with UTEP doesn't seem ideal, but UC Riverside hasn't provided much over 10 games that makes you confident it can hang around. The UTEP Miners have been consistent at home this season, which includes 49 percent shooting and outscoring teams by 13 points. The UC Riverside Highlanders have been blasted on the road this season and have had several chances to prove themselves and haven't exactly done that. I'll take UTEP in a comfortable victory.

Pick:
UTEP Miners -8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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