UC Riverside at UTEP 12/16/18 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

The UC Riverside Highlanders visit Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on Sunday to play the UTEP Miners. UC Riverside improved to 3-7 on the season following its 75-71 win over Pepperdine last Thursday. The Highlanders were led by Dikymbe Martin who scored 22 points. UC Riverside needed a tough defensive stance over the last 60 seconds to hold off the surging Waves.

UTEP fell to 3-5 on the season following its 76-69 loss to Marquette 10 days ago. The Miners were as close as 60-56 last in the second half but could come no closer and Marquette eventually widened the gap to the final 7 points. Jordan Lathon led the Miners in the loss with 26 points.
Dikymbe Martin leads UC Riverside in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game. Jordan Gillam is the second leading scorer and leader in assists with averages of 8.9 points and 3.5 assists per game. Eric Rwahwire leads the Highlanders in rebounding with an average of 4.3 per game. UC Riverside is shooting 43.5% from the field and 35.9% from 3-point territory.

Evan Gilyard leads the Miners in scoring with an average of 18.0 points per game. Efe Odigie is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds with averages of 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Jordan Lathon leads the team in assists with an average of 2.8 per game. UTEP is shooting 45.1% from the field and 37.2% from 3-point territory.

UC Riverside plays well on the road covering the number in 7 of its last 11 away from home. The Highlanders have covered the number in 5 of the last 7 on the road versus opponents with a winning record at home. UTEP has failed to cover 5 of its last 7 on Sunday. Final Score Prediction, UC Riverside Highlanders win and cover ATS 71-60.

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