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UTEP Miners Face the Rice Owls: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

The Rice Owls will look to boost their win total and cover the point spread when they tip off against the UTEP Miners at Autry Court on Saturday in NCAA hoops betting.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the UTEP Miners before tip-off in this one found them as 8.5-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

UTEP Miners vs Rice Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Rice Owls sit at 18-8 (10-8 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the UTEP Miners are currently 10-15 (10-10 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Rice is 11-7 OU, and UTEP is 8-12 OU.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 47-rated Rice Owls and the No. 72-ranked UTEP Miners, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and UTEP is ranked No. 195 in NCAA basketball at 34.72 per game. Contrast that with Rice's No. 50 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rice is the No. 25-ranked team in the country at 9.35 per game, while UTEP rates No. 246 at 5.52 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Miners got a 23-point performance from Paul Thomas, who added 23 rebounds, as UTEP ran past North Texas 77-71 on Thursday at The Super Pit.

Rice got 26 points from Marcus Evans en route to a 80-68 victory over UTSA on Thursday at Autry Court.

Betting Trends
  • UTEP is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • UTEP is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of UTEP's last 9 games
  • UTEP is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Rice is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Rice is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 6 games
  • Rice is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

UTEP at Florida Atlantic, Thursday, February 23rd
Rice at Southern Mississippi, Thursday, February 23rd

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