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Washington State favored by -4.5 against Texas El Paso on Saturday

Texas El Paso MinersWashington State Cougars
6-5December 21, 2013, 08:30 | Friel Court6-4

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Miners of Texas El Paso hit the hard court against the Cougars of Washington State.

The Cougars sport a record of 6-4 and 3-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Miners have 6-5 and 4-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-2 for the Cougars and 2-3 for the Miners.

View Texas El Paso Miners vs Washington State Cougars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Cougars installed as -4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 55 and the Miners at No. 169 heading into this contest.

Texas El Paso was an 84-74 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northwestern State. The Miners grabbed an 84-74 win over the Demons on Thursday, behind a 17-point effort from McKenzie Moore at Don Haskins Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington State's No. 187 nationally ranked offense (71.2 points per game) against a Miners defense that sits as the No. 110 at 68.55 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 43.99% from the field, less than the Miners have managed so far this season (46.18% on average).

A few Miners at Cougars trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Washington State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Texas El Paso home to Montana State, Monday, December 23rd
Washington State at Miss Valley State, Saturday, December 28th