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Rice Owls face Texas El Paso Miners: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Rice OwlsTexas El Paso Miners
6-14February 01, 2014, 09:05 | Don Haskins Center15-6

The Texas El Paso Miners will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Rice Owls at Don Haskins Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Miners currently sports a 15-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 12-3 ATS. The Owls are 6-14 and 6-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Miners produce a 6-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Owls have gone 5-10 against the number.

View Rice Owls vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 15.5-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(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Miners at No. 74 and the Owls at No. 322 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Rice was an 89-76 loser on the road against Texas-San Antonio. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Rice got 20 points from Keith Washington but lost anyway, 89-76, to Texas-San Antonio on Thursday at UTSA Convocation Center.

Texas El Paso was an 89-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against Louisiana Tech. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Texas El Paso got 26 points from Vince Hunter en route to an 89-79 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday at Don Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Texas El Paso's No. 77-rated squad against Rice's No. 218-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Texas El Paso rates No. 230 in the country with 4.71 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 nationally with 8.45 per match.

A few Owls at Miners trends to consider:
Rice is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Rice is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Rice's last 10 games
Rice is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Texas El Paso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to North Texas, Thursday, February 6th
Texas El Paso at East Carolina, Thursday, February 6th