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NCAAB Game Preview - Pirates underdogs vs Miners at East Carolina

Texas El Paso MinersEast Carolina Pirates
Feb 23, 7:00 PM | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum

Texas El Paso Miners vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Miners at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in NCAAB action.

The Pirates bring a 13-13 record (6-12 ATS) to this tilt against the 20-7 Miners, who are 9-10-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed East Carolina go 10-8 so far and the Miners go 7-12-1.

View Texas El Paso vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Pirates as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 158-ranked Pirates and the No. 51-rated Miners in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-69 win for the Miners on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits East Carolina's No. 198-ranked offense, averaging 68.3 PPG, against a Miners defense that ranks No. 59 at 63.3 PPG. The Pirates field goal percentage has averaged 43.2% so far, less than the Miners marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, Texas El Paso features the nation's No. 103-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.1 points per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 155 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Texas El Paso, they were a 74-68 loser as they battled Central Florida at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. Randy Culpepper went off for 25 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Central Florida handed Texas El Paso a 74-68 defeat at Haskins Center.

East Carolina was a 72-55 loser in its last match on the road against Southern Miss. They failed to cover the 11.5–point spread as underdogs. East Carolina suffered a 72-55 loss against Southern Miss on Saturday, getting 18 points from Brock Young in a losing effort at Reed Green Coliseum.

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Memphis are 5-1
After playing Central Florida are 5-1
After a loss are 8-2

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Rice are 2-7
After playing Southern Miss are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Miners at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 5 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
East Carolina is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina's last 7 games at home
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas El Paso home to Memphis, Saturday, February 26
East Carolina at Rice, Saturday, February 26