UTEP vs. Southern Mississippi - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP vs. Southern Mississippi - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-19) at UTEP Miners (14-14)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: UTEP Miners -6.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-19, 5-10 CUSA) travel to El Paso, TX to take on UTEP (14-14, 5-10 CUSA) in a Conference USA match-up at the Don Haskins Center. The last time these two teams played on January 9th, UTEP beat Southern Mississippi 76-64 as 10-point home favorites.

In their last 10 games, Southern Mississippi is 5-5 straight up and 7-3 against the spread. Southern Mississippi has gone just 1-6 on the road in conference play, but has managed to go 3-4 against the spread in those games. Southern Mississippi averages 63.3 points per game on the road and gives up 74.1 points per game to opponents.

Southern Mississippi is 3-1 against the spread in their last four games, but lost their last game 53-61 against Middle Tennessee State as 4-point favorites. Southern Mississippi is ranked 249th by KenPom, with the 278th ranked offense and 210th ranked defense in the country. They are led by Sophomore Guard Gabe Watson, who averages 13 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game, and Sophomore forward Tyler Stevenson, who averages 13 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

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In their last 10 games, UTEP has gone 3-7 straight up and just 2-6-2 against the spread. UTEP is 4-4 at home in conference play, but is only 2-6 against the spread in those games. UTEP averages 69.6 points per game at home and surrenders 64.3 points per game to opponents in those games.

UTEP had lost 5 straight before beating Rice 68-62 as 4 ½-point home favorites. UTEP is ranked 195th by KenPom, with the 297th ranked offense and 86th ranked defense in the nation. They are led by Senior forward Bryson Williams, who averages 18.3 points per game and 7 rebounds per game, and Junior guard Souley Boum, who averages 12.6 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and 2 assists per game.

UTEP and Southern Mississippi have split their last 10 match-ups, with Southern Mississippi going 6-4 against the spread in those games. The under is 8-2 in UTEP’s last 10 games and 6-4 in the last 10 games for Southern Mississippi. In their last 10 games against each other, the over is 5-5.

This is a tricky game and I tend to lean with the home team in spots like this, but in this game I actually will take Southern Mississippi and the points.

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Erik’s Pick Southern Mississippi +6.5

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