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UTEP vs. Wyoming - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wyoming Cowboys (3-8) at UTEP Miners (4-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: UTEP Miners -3 -- Over/Under: 143
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The Wyoming Cowboys and UTEP Miners meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Don Haskins Center.

The Wyoming Cowboys could use a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Wyoming Cowboys are averaging 72.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Justin James is averaging 24.5 points and 9.8 rebounds while Hunter Maldonado is averaging 13.8 points and 2.3 assists. Jake Hendricks is the third double-digit scorer and Hunter Thompson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Wyoming Cowboys are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Wyoming Cowboys are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Wyoming Cowboys have lost three of their last four non-home games.

The UTEP Miners could also use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The UTEP Miners are averaging 68.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43 percent shooting. Evan Gilyard is averaging 18 points and 2.5 assists while Efe Odigie is averaging 15.7 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Lathon is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Thomas is dishing 1.9 assists. The UTEP Miners are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 60.5 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have won four of their last six home games.

The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-15 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Miners are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Miners last 5 overall. The over is 36-15 in Cowboys last 51 Saturday games.

Both of these teams have issues at the moment, but UTEP does have a clear edge playing at home where they're still outscoring teams by 6.2 points while playing quality defense. The Wyoming Cowboys aren't great defensively on the road and are being outscored by 13.5 points on the road this season overall. In a toss-up game between two teams that need the victory, I'll lay the bucket with the home team.

Pick:
UTEP Miners -3

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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