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Miners open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Raiders

Texas El Paso MinersMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
11-6January 16, 2014, 08:00 | Murphy Center11-5

The visiting Texas El Paso Miners hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Murphy Center against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

The Miners will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 8-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blue Raiders are 5-7 ATS. Texas El Paso is 4-7 against the total, while Middle Tennessee is 6-5 versus the number.

View Texas El Paso Miners vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Texas El Paso before tip-off in this one found them as 6-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

This game puts the Blue Raiders, most recently No. 125 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Miners, who rate No. 187 in the latest survey.

Texas El Paso was a 66-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Marshall. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. The Miners grabbed a 66-56 win over the Thundering Herd on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Vince Hunter at Don Haskins Center.

Middle Tennessee was an 89-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against UAB. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee got 22 points from Shawn Jones en route to an 89-84 victory over UAB on Saturday at Murphy Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Middle Tennessee has the nation's No. 67-rated offensive output, at 76.75 PPG. The visiting Miners defense ranks No. 47 allowing on average 65.12 PPG. The Blue Raiders FG% has averaged 45.79% so far, more than the Miners marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.82% per game.

Next up:
Texas El Paso at UAB, Saturday, January 18th
Middle Tennessee at Texas-San Antonio, Saturday, January 18th