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NCAA hoops odds preview - Florida International vs. Texas El Paso

Florida International Golden Panthers Texas El Paso Miners
13-12 February 15, 2014, 09:05 | Don Haskins Center 18-7



Florida International pays a visit to Texas El Paso on Saturday, hoping to send the Miners to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Don Haskins Center.

The Golden Panthers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 9-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Miners are 14-5 ATS. Florida International is 7-9 on the totals; Texas El Paso is 7-12.

View Florida International Golden Panthers vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds and Stats.

Texas El Paso opened as -12.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Miners at No. 67 and the Golden Panthers at No. 297 heading into this contest.

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Florida International won its last outing, an 80-72 result against Texas-San Antonio on February 13. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. Dennis Mavin scored 16 points leading the Golden Panthers to an 80-72 victory over Texas-San Antonio at UTSA Convocation Center on Thursday.

Texas El Paso was a 71-69 loser in their most recent outing at home against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Texas El Paso got 18 points from Vince Hunter but lost anyway, 71-69, to Florida Atlantic on Thursday at Don Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas El Paso's No. 179-ranked offense, averaging 69.56 PPG, against a Golden Panthers defense that ranks No. 135 at 69.96 PPG. The Miners field goal percentage has averaged 46.12% so far, more than the Golden Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.06% per game.

A few Golden Panthers at Miners trends to consider:
Florida International is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida International's last 5 games
Florida International is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Texas El Paso is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas El Paso's last 9 games
Texas El Paso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


Next up:
Florida International home to North Texas, Thursday, February 20th
Texas El Paso at Tulane, Thursday, February 20th