Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Blue Raiders versus the Miners? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBSS. The game will be played at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 128 points, and the Miners are favored to win at home against the Blue Raiders.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS VS UTEP MINERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UTEP Miners -5.5

This game will be played at Don Haskins Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE UTEP MINERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Miners.
  • Not only will UTEP pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 128 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

No Pressure for Middle Tennessee as Away Dogs

After losing their last six games, Middle Tennessee will look to get back on track against UTEP. So far, the Blue Raiders are 0-5 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is -21.2 points per game. Over their last ten games away from home, they have gone 0-10.

Overall, Middle Tennessee is 6-11 this season, and they have gone 0-2 in Conference USA games. They have been the underdog in six games this season, and they are 0-6 in those games. In their most recent game, they lost to Sam Houston State by a score of 60-51.

As the underdog this season, Middle Tennessee has yet to cover the spread in six attempts. Their ATS mark for the year is just 3-12, and they have gone 0-5 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Blue Raiders are just 2-8.

Today’s over/under line of 128 for Middle Tennessee’s game against UTEP is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (134.7). Their over/under record this season is 2-12-1 and their games have averaged 126.8 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 117 points and their OU record during that stretch is 0-2.

Middle Tennessee offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 51 points against Sam Houston State. In that game, they made 6/23 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 32%. Jestin Porter is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 12.2 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Elias King brings a PPG average of 11.8 into the game.

Currently, the Blue Raiders’ defense holds the 50th rank in the nation, allowing 65.8 points per game. The Middle Tennessee defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 60 points and allowed Sam Houston State to connect on 6 threes.

Can the Miners Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

UTEP will be looking to get back on track after a tough 72-68 loss to FIU. The Miners have been much better at home this season, going 6-3 compared to 0-5 on the road. They have been especially tough at home lately, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.

So far this season, UTEP has been the favorite in seven of their games and have gone 6-1 in those matchups. Overall, the Miners have a record of 9-8, including a 0-2 mark in Conference USA games.

When looking at UTEP’s ATS record this season, they have struggled mightily, going just 2-11-1. At home, their ATS mark is 2-6-1 this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Miners are just 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for UTEP games is 5-9. The average scoring total in their games is 136.6 points, which is 3.3 points lower than the average over/under line of 139.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 128 points is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year and so far, 14 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s OU line of 128 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 133 points.

In their recent matchup, the UTEP offense ended with 68 points against FIU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 58.7% and made 8 threes. Tae Hardy led the scoring for the Miners, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Trey Horton chipped in with 14 points.

At this time, the Miners’ defense is positioned 106th in the country, permitting 69.5 points per game. UTEP’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the FIU offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 72 points.