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Western Illinois Leathernecks face Texas El Paso Miners: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Western Illinois LeathernecksTexas El Paso Miners
5-7December 28, 2013, 09:30 | Don Haskins Center8-5

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

The Miners are 8-5 so far on the season, and 6-1 ATS vs. the number. The Leathernecks, meanwhile, are 5-7 and 2-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Texas El Paso go 2-5 and the Leathernecks go 2-3 on the totals.

View Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Texas El Paso Miners Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Texas El Paso sat as -11.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 226-rated Western Illinois taking on the No. 171-rated Miners in this contest.

Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 61-55 loser as they battled Santa Barbara on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Leathernecks endured a 61-55 loss at the hands of the Gauchos on Saturday, despite a 13-point effort from Jabari Sandifer at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

In their last action, Texas El Paso was a 70-55 winner at home against Montana State. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. Texas El Paso got 20 points from Julian Washburn en route to a 70-55 victory over Montana State on Monday at Don Haskins Center.

A few Leathernecks at Miners trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Western Illinois home to Alcorn State, Sunday, December 29th
Texas El Paso at Denver, Sunday, December 29th