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UTSA vs. UTEP - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UTEP Miners (5-6) at UTSA Roadrunners (6-7)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -6 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
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The UTEP Miners and UTSA Roadrunners meet Thursday in college basketball action at the UTSA Convocation Center.

The UTEP Miners look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The UTEP Miners are averaging 67 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Evan Gilyard is averaging 18.4 points and 2.3 assists while Efe Odigie is averaging 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. Nigel Hawkins is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Lathon is dishing three assists. The UTEP Miners are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The UTEP Miners have lost all four road games this season.

The UTSA Roadrunners look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The UTSA Roadrunners are averaging 69.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Jhivvan Jackson is averaging 20.9 points and 1.8 assists while Keaton Wallace is averaging 18.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. Nick Allen is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Byron Frohnen is dishing 1.3 assists. The UTSA Roadrunners are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The UTSA Roadrunners are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The UTSA Roadrunners have split their last six home games.

The Miners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Roadrunners are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Conference USA and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Miners are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 21-5 in Roadrunners last 26 overall. The under is 5-1 in Miners last 6 overall.

Instead of trying to figure out which one of these inconsistent teams is going to show up, I'm going to side with the under. The under has hit in 80.7 percent of the Roadrunners last 26 games and five of the Miners last six games. Neither one of these teams are capable of lighting it up and UTSA is shooting just 35.9 percent from the field at home this season. The under is also 10-1 in the last 11 meetings UTEP and UTSA have played. Expect another low scoring game, as I play a rare college basketball total.

Pick:
Under 140.5

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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