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College basketball point spread favors Miners in battle with Pirates

Texas El Paso MinersEast Carolina Pirates
16-6February 06, 2014, 09:00 | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum12-10

Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host East Carolina Pirates and the visiting Texas El Paso Miners in college hoops action on Thursday.

The Pirates currently sports a 12-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-10-1 ATS. The Miners are 16-6 and 12-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Pirates produce a 6-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Miners have gone 6-10 against the number.

View Texas El Paso Miners vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Texas El Paso before tip-off in this one found them as -3-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Pirates sit at No. 209 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Miners sit at No. 77 on the same chart.

Last time out for Texas El Paso, they were a 68-57 winner as they battled Rice at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 14.5-point favorite. The Miners grabbed a 68-57 win over the Owls on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from C.J. Cooper at Don Haskins Center.

East Carolina won its last outing, a 74-67 result against UAB on February 1. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. Paris Roberts-Campbell scored 21 points leading the Pirates to a 74-67 victory over UAB at Bartow Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature East Carolina's No. 101-rated squad against Texas El Paso's No. 74-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, East Carolina rates No. 16 in the country with 8.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 230 nationally with 4.77 per match.

Next up:
Texas El Paso at Old Dominion, Saturday, February 8th
East Carolina at Texas-San Antonio, Saturday, February 8th