UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-16) at UTEP Miners (12-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: UTEP Miners -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the UTEP Miners meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Don Haskins Center on Thursday night.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to build on a 65-63 win over Southern Miss in their last outing. C.J. Jones led the Blue Raiders with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds while Donovan Sims added 13 points with 5 steals as the only other Blue Raider to score in double figures in the victory. Jayce Johnson also added 8 points with 8 rebounds as well in the winning effort. Jones leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game while Sims leads the Blue Raiders in assists with 3.6 assists per game and Reggie Scurry leads Middle Tennessee in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 71.7 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 33.4% from the 3-point line and 67.7% from the foul line this season.

The UTEP Miners will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 7 games following a 67-57 loss to North Texas last time out. Souley Boum led the Miners with 21 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Bryson Williams added 18 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks as the only other double-digit scorer for the Miners in the loss. Williams leads UTEP in scoring and rebounding with an average of 18.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Jordan Lathon leads UTEP in assists with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, UTEP is averaging 68.4 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 28.2% from 3-point range and 77% from the foul line this season.

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Middle Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. UTEP is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss while over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games.

I get UTEP being favored at home here and Middle Tennessee winning a game over a not good Southern Miss team doesn’t do a whole lot for me in the grand scheme of things. However, maybe the win will spark a run of sorts for the Blue Raiders down the stretch to build some confidence. I’m not sure that the Blue Raiders win outright, but UTEP isn’t the kind of team that blows opponents out of the water, so I’ll take my shot with Middle Tennessee and the points here.

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Chris’s Pick Middle Tennessee +11.5

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