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Cougars vs Miners College Hoops Game Preview

Houston CougarsTexas El Paso Miners
March 7, 7:30 PM | FedExForum

Houston Cougars vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds

15-14TEAM RECORD14-16

FedExForum will host Miners vs. Cougars action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

This game is part of the Conference USA Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at FedExForum, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Supporters of the Cougars have watched them go 15-14 and 10-10 ATS on the year, while the Miners are at 14-16 and 14-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Miners are 13-13, while the Cougars have a 10-8-2 mark.

View Houston vs Texas El Paso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Texas El Paso sat as 3.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Miners rated this week at No. 192 and the Cougars sitting at No. 221. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 70-68 result in favor of the Miners.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Texas El Paso's No. 300-rated squad against Houston's No. 87-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Texas El Paso rates No. 315 in the country with 4.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 230 nationally with 5.5 per match.

Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 284-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. Texas El Paso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 293 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 76-75 winner on the road against Rice. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. Darian Thibodeaux scored 21 points leading the Cougars to a 76-75 victory over Rice at Autry Court on Saturday.

Texas El Paso was a 57-48 loser in its last match on the road against Southern Methodist. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Miners got 21 points from Julian Washburn, but it was Southern Methodist that prevailed in a 57-48 final on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After playing Rice are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Southern Methodist are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cougars at Miners trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 7 games
Texas El Paso is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Texas El Paso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas El Paso is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston