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College basketball point spread favors Miners in battle with Golden Hurricane

Tulsa Golden HurricaneTexas El Paso Miners
15-12February 27, 2014, 09:05 | Don Haskins Center20-8

A key college battle sees the visiting Tulsa Golden Hurricane travelling to Texas El Paso Thursday to take on the Miners.

The Miners sit at 20-8 (16-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Golden Hurricane are currently 15-12 (17-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Texas El Paso is 9-13 OU, and Tulsa is 8-16 OU.

View Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Miners installed as -3-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 78-rated Miners and the No. 9-ranked Golden Hurricane, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Tulsa was a 77-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Florida International. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites. Tulsa earned a 77-65 victory over Florida International on Saturday, getting 17 points from Shaquille Harrison at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

In their last action, Texas El Paso was a 77-68 loser on the road against Southern Miss. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. Vince Hunter scored 26 points for Texas El Paso on Saturday, but the Golden Eagles managed a 77-68 victory over the Miners at Reed Green Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas El Paso's No. 160-ranked scoring average of 70.11 PPG, against a Golden Hurricane defense rated No. 100 and allowing 68.41 PPG. The Miners FG% has averaged 47.05% to date this season, more than the Golden Hurricane shooters have managed so far (44.47% per game).

A few Golden Hurricane at Miners trends to consider:
Tulsa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tulsa's last 6 games
Tulsa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Texas El Paso is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Texas El Paso is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Texas El Paso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tulsa home to Texas-San Antonio, Sunday, March 2nd
Texas El Paso at North Texas, Sunday, March 2nd