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NCAAB Game Preview - Mustangs underdogs vs Miners at Texas El Paso

Southern Methodist MustangsTexas El Paso Miners
Jan 14, 9:00 PM | Haskins Center

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Haskins Center Saturday as host Texas El Paso looks to handle the Southern Methodist Mustangs in NCAAB action.

The Miners are 8-9 so far on the season, and 9-4 ATS vs. the number. The Mustangs, meanwhile, are 9-7 and 5-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Texas El Paso go 6-7 and the Mustangs go 6-6 on the totals.

View Southern Methodist vs Texas El Paso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Miners as 6.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 216 (Miners) and the No. 212 (Mustangs) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 66-63 result in favor of the Mustangs has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas El Paso has the nation's No. 258-rated offensive output, at 64.1 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 25 allowing on average 58.9 PPG. The Miners FG% has averaged 47.4% so far, more than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 42% per game.

Defensively, Southern Methodist features the nation's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.6 points per game. Texas El Paso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 299 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Methodist lost its last outing, a 68-52 result against Rice on January 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. Southern Methodist suffered a 68-52 loss against Rice on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Robert Nyakundi in a losing effort at Moody Coliseum.

Texas El Paso was a 59-48 loser in its last match on the road against Tulsa. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Michael Perez scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Miners to a win (they lost 59-48 to Tulsa at Reynolds Center on Wednesday).

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 0-10
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Rice are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing East Carolina are 4-2
After playing Tulsa are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Mustangs at Miners trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas El Paso
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Southern Methodist's last 12 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas El Paso
Texas El Paso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
Texas El Paso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Methodist
Texas El Paso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to Houston, Wednesday, January 18
Texas El Paso home to East Carolina, Wednesday, January 18

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