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UAB Blazers host Texas El Paso Miners in college basketball action

Texas El Paso MinersUAB Blazers
12-6January 18, 2014, 08:00 | Bartow Arena12-4

The visiting Texas El Paso Miners hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Bartow Arena against the UAB Blazers.

The Miners will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 9-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Blazers are 6-6 ATS. Texas El Paso is 4-8 on the totals; UAB is 5-7.

View Texas El Paso Miners vs UAB Blazers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Blazers in this one found them listed as -6-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Miners was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blazers at No. 102 and the Miners at No. 187 heading into this contest.

Texas El Paso was a 63-54 winner in its last match on the road against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Vince Hunter scored 20 points leading the Miners to a 63-54 victory over Middle Tennessee at Murphy Center on Thursday.

UAB won its last outing, a 78-65 result against Texas-San Antonio on January 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 16-point favorite. C.J. Washington scored 20 points and helped out with 11 rebounds for UAB on Thursday, leading the Blazers to a 78-65 victory over Texas-San Antonio at Bartow Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits UAB's No. 52-ranked offense, averaging 77.88 PPG, against a Miners defense that ranks No. 39 at 64.5 PPG. The Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 43.17% so far, less than the Miners marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.88% per game.

A few Miners at Blazers trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Texas El Paso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Texas El Paso is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing UAB
UAB is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
UAB is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Texas El Paso
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games when playing Texas El Paso

Next up:
Texas El Paso home to Texas-San Antonio, Saturday, January 25th
UAB at North Texas, Thursday, January 23rd