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Texas El Paso Miners vs. Rice Owls - 2/1/14

Rice Owls (6-14) at Texas El Paso Miners (15-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


If you’re looking for a lopsided college basketball matchup on Saturday night, tune in to watch Rice and UTEP duke it out. The Owls have lost eight of their last nine and the Miners are riding a five-game winning streak.

There’s not much to say about Rice, other than the fact it is 1-8 against the spread in its last nine games. If you still pick the Owls after reading that, you deserve to lose all of your money. They’re one of the worst shooting teams in the country at 41.2 percent and allow their opponents to shoot an average of 45.2 percent. They average 13 turnovers per game and in their last five contests, they’re allowing opponents to score an average of 12 more points than them.

Texas El Paso Miners vs. Rice Owls - 2/1/14

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UTEP is playing its best basketball of the season and dominates Rice at both ends of the floor statistically. It’s shooting a great 45.9 percent on the season and matches that with a great 39.8 percent defensively.

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Texas-El Paso is 12-3 against the spread this season. To sweeten the deal, the Miners are also 5-0 against the spread in their last five games against the C-USA.

It doesn’t matter what the number is, take the Miners on their home court, as they should crush Rice with ease. 

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Texas El Paso Miners -15.5

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