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NCAA hoops odds preview - Texas El Paso vs. Memphis

Texas El Paso MinersMemphis Tigers
March 8, 7:30 PM | FedExForum

Texas El Paso Miners vs Memphis Tigers Odds

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The visiting Miners hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at FedExForum against the Memphis Tigers.

It's a game in the Conference USA Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68.

The Tigers are 23-8 so far on the season, and 14-13-1 ATS vs. the number. The Miners, meanwhile, are 15-16 and 15-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 14-12-2 and the Miners go 14-13 on the totals.

View Texas El Paso vs Memphis Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 19-ranked Tigers and the No. 192-rated Miners in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-67 win for the Tigers on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Memphis's No. 34-ranked scoring average of 75.1 PPG, against a Miners defense rated No. 74 and allowing 63 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 49.5% to date this season, more than the Miners shooters have managed so far (46.2% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Texas El Paso owns the country's No. 136-rated mark, allowing 68.4 points per game on the highway. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 100 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Texas El Paso was a 67-62 winner at home against Houston. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Miners grabbed a 67-62 win over the Cougars on Wednesday, behind an 18 -point effort from Gabriel McCulley at FedExForum.

Memphis was a 78-66 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tulsa. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Tigers used a 30-point performance from Will Barton to help Memphis smack Tulsa 78-66 on Saturday at Reynolds Center.