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Miners open as college hoops underdog vs Bulldogs

Louisiana Tech BulldogsTexas El Paso Miners
17-4January 30, 2014, 09:05 | Don Haskins Center14-6

The Texas El Paso Miners host Louisiana Tech on Thursday, looking to build on their 14-6 mark against the 17-4 Bulldogs in college hoops action at Don Haskins Center.

The Miners sport a record of 14-6 and 11-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulldogs have 17-4 and 9-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-9 for the Miners and 8-5-1 for the Bulldogs.

View Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Miners - Bulldogs odds would favor the Bulldogs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas El Paso is rated No. 74 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisiana Tech is at No. 6.

Louisiana Tech won its last outing, a 98-77 result against Marshall on January 25. They covered in that game as a 17-point favorite. The Bulldogs blew out Marshall on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 98-77 win at Thomas Center.

Texas El Paso was an 81-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas-San Antonio. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites. Texas El Paso earned an 81-62 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, getting 19 points from Julian Washburn at Don Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 9 in NCAA Division 1 with 41.24 per game. That compares with Texas El Paso’s No. 86 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Texas El Paso is college basketball's No. 231-ranked team at 4.7 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 53 with 7.52 per game.

A few Bulldogs at Miners trends to consider:
Louisiana Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisiana Tech is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Louisiana Tech is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Louisiana Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas El Paso
Texas El Paso is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas El Paso is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 6 games
Texas El Paso is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana Tech at Texas-San Antonio, Saturday, February 1st
Texas El Paso at Rice, Saturday, February 1st