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NCAA hoops odds preview - Texas El Paso vs. East Carolina

Texas El Paso MinersEast Carolina Pirates
Jan 26, 7:00 PM | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum

Texas El Paso Miners vs East Carolina Pirates Odds


Texas El Paso travels to East Carolina on Saturday, hoping to boost its 10-7 record with a victory over the Pirates.

Supporters of the Miners have watched them go 10-7 and 8-7 ATS on the year, while the Pirates are at 12-6 and 6-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Pirates are 6-2, while the Miners have a 7-6 mark.

View Texas El Paso vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 1-point underdogs 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(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pirates - Miners odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. East Carolina is rated No. 66 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas El Paso is at No. 172. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-71 win for the Pirates.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and East Carolina has the nation's No. 17-rated offensive output, at 78.2 PPG. The visiting Miners defense ranks No. 55 allowing on average 60.5 PPG. The Pirates FG% has averaged 45% so far, more than the Miners marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Texas El Paso owns the country's No. 41-rated mark, allowing 62.2 points per game on the highway. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

Texas El Paso was a 63-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Methodist. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Texas El Paso got 18 points from Jacques Streeter en route to a 63-54 victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday at Haskins Center.

East Carolina was a 91-85 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UAB. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. East Carolina earned a 91-85 victory over UAB on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Ty Armstrong at Bartow Arena.

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing UAB are 7-3
After playing Southern Methodist are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 7-3
After playing UAB are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Miners at Pirates trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
East Carolina is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
East Carolina is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 6 games when playing Texas El Paso
East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas El Paso

Next up:
Texas El Paso at UAB, Wednesday, January 30
East Carolina home to Memphis, Wednesday, January 30