NCAAB Game Preview - Knights underdogs vs Miners at Texas El Paso
Central Florida Knights vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds
Texas El Paso looks to cover the Miners-Knights pointspread on Monday and improve its overall 20-6 mark when they host Central Florida in college basketball action.
The Knights will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 7-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Miners are 9-9-1 ATS. Central Florida is 6-11 against the total, while Texas El Paso is 6-12-1 versus the number.
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Miners at No. 51 and the Knights at No. 30 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 77-75 result in favor of the Miners.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas El Paso has the nation's No. 118-rated offensive output, at 71 PPG. The visiting Knights defense ranks No. 39 allowing on average 62.1 PPG. The Miners FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.
Defensively, Central Florida features the nation's No. 143-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Texas El Paso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 156 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Central Florida was a 63-58 loser on the road against UAB. They covered the 6.5–point spread as underdogs. Marcus Jordan scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Knights to a win (they lost 63-58 to UAB at Bartow Arena on Saturday).
Texas El Paso won its last outing, a 76-64 result against Houston on February 19. They earned a push in that game as a 12-point favorite. Texas El Paso got 33 points from Randy Culpepper en route to a 76-64 victory over Houston on Saturday at Haskins Center.
Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Southern Miss are 4-4
After playing UAB are 2-4
After a loss are 2-8
Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing East Carolina are 4-1
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Knights at Miners trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Central Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas El Paso is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 7 games
Texas El Paso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Central Florida
Central Florida home to Southern Miss, Saturday, February 26
Texas El Paso at East Carolina, Wednesday, February 23