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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Miners over Cougars

Texas El Paso MinersHouston Cougars
Feb 13, 8:00 PM | Hofheinz Pavilion

Texas El Paso Miners vs Houston Cougars Odds

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The Houston Cougars hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Texas El Paso Miners pay a visit to Hofheinz Pavilion on the college basketball betting menu.

The Cougars sit at 14-8 (6-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Miners are currently 13-9 (9-10-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 9-4 OU, and Texas El Paso is 10-8 OU.

View Texas El Paso vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Texas El Paso before tip-off in this one found them as 3-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars - Miners odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 164 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas El Paso is at No. 182. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-71 win for the Cougars.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Miners is ranked No. 307 in NCAA hoops at 31.4 per game. Contrast that with Houston’s No. 25 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is the No. 142-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Texas El Paso rates No. 246 at 5.5 per game.

Defensively, Texas El Paso features the nation's No. 72-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.8 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 nationally in scoring at home.

Texas El Paso was a 74-70 loser in its last match at home against Tulsa. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Konner Tucker scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Miners to a win (they lost 74-70 to Tulsa at Haskins Center on Saturday).

Last time out for Houston, they were an 88-85 loser as they battled Tulane at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog. Houston got 26 points from Joseph Young on the way to an 88-85 loss against Tulane on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Central Florida are 5-3
After playing Tulsa are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Tulsa are 6-4
After playing Tulane are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Miners at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas El Paso's last 8 games when playing on the road against Houston
Texas El Paso is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
Texas El Paso is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing at home against Texas El Paso

Next up:
Texas El Paso home to Central Florida, Saturday, February 16
Houston at Tulsa, Saturday, February 16