NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Vandals underdogs vs Miners at Texas El Paso
Idaho Vandals vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Texas El Paso vs Idaho battle Saturday at Haskins Center as the Miners look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Miners are 2-4 so far on the season, and 0-5 ATS vs. the number. The Vandals, meanwhile, are 3-4 and 2-4-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Texas El Paso go 2-2 and the Vandals go 2-2 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Texas El Paso sat as 6.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Miners, most recently No. 328 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Vandals, who rate No. 280 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 62-56 victory for the Vandals.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Vandals rank No. 135 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.4 per game. That compares with Texas El Paso’s No. 347 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Texas El Paso is college basketball's No. 342-ranked team at 3 per game, while the Vandals rate No. 199 with 5.9 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Idaho owns the country's No. 208-rated mark, allowing 72 points per game on the highway. Texas El Paso, on the other hand, rates No. 331 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Idaho was an 81-79 winner on the road against Eastern Washington. They earned a push of the 2-point spread as favorites. Stephen Madison scored 29 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Idaho on Thursday, leading the Vandals to an 81-79 victory over Eastern Washington at Reese Court.
Texas El Paso was a 55-54 winner in its last match at home against New Mexico State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Texas El Paso got 20 points from Julian Washburn en route to a 55-54 victory over New Mexico State on Wednesday at Haskins Center.
Idaho Vandals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Eastern Washington are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing UNLV are 4-1
After playing New Mexico State are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
A few Vandals at Miners trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
Texas El Paso is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Idaho home to Walla Walla, Saturday, December 15
Texas El Paso home to UNLV, Monday, December 17