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Point spread favors Miners in battle with Cougars

Houston CougarsTexas El Paso Miners
Jan 7, 9:00 PM | Haskins Center

Houston Cougars vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds

9-5TEAM RECORD7-8

The Texas El Paso Miners will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Houston Cougars at Haskins Center on Saturday in NCAAB play.

The Miners are 7-8 so far on the season, and 8-3 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 9-5 and 3-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Texas El Paso go 6-5 and the Cougars go 4-1 on the totals.

View Houston vs Texas El Paso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cougars listed as 4.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 223 (Miners) and the No. 132 (Cougars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-71 result in favor of the Cougars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 60 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.2 per game. That compares with Texas El Paso’s No. 337 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Texas El Paso is college basketball's No. 250-ranked team at 5.3 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 189 with 6.1 per game.

Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 310-rated defense on the road, allowing 79.3 points per game. Texas El Paso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 304 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 70-69 winner as they battled Tulsa at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. Houston got 19 points from Jonathon Simmons en route to a 70-69 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Texas El Paso was a 76-60 loser in its last match on the road against Marshall. They failed to cover the 11.5–point spread as underdogs. Texas El Paso suffered a 76-60 loss against Marshall on Wednesday, getting 15 points from Julian Washburn in a losing effort at Cam Henderson Center.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Central Florida are 3-7
After playing Tulsa are 6-3
After a win are 6-4

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6
Before playing Tulsa are 8-2
After playing Marshall are 6-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Cougars at Miners trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas El Paso
Houston is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas El Paso
Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Texas El Paso
Houston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas El Paso is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Central Florida, Wednesday, January 11
Texas El Paso at Tulsa, Wednesday, January 11

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