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Texas El Paso Miners vs. East Carolina Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/12/14 CUSA Playoffs

East Carolina Pirates (17-15) at Texas El Paso Miners (22-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: Texas El Paso Miners -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Texas El Paso Miners look to advance past the East Carolina Pirates in their CUSA playoff bout.

East Carolina knew heading in to their postseason opener the offense would need some points and things fell right in to place with a 79-76 victory. It wasn't quite that easy with the Roadrunners up nine at the break before the Pirates got both ends of the floor going. Both teams sank shots in the 49% range while combining for 26 three pointers but ECU won the battle at the stripe 21-14 to get the win. Nobody could slow down Akeem Richmond with his career day 36 points with Paris Roberts-Campbell and Caleb White adding 20 and nine points.

Texas El Paso Miners vs. East Carolina Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/12/14 CUSA Playoffs

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Texas-El Paso was the odd man out in a very top heavy Conference USA as their 12-4 record was just one game behind four other squads tied for first at 13-3. The Miners could score at 70 points on 47% shooting but really were a handful at the defensive end with opponents scoring 63 points on only 38% from the floor. UTEP seldom allowed the opposition to reach 70 points which made life extremely easy for the offense. Heading in to the postseason it will still be all about defense and if their four double digit scorers approach their averages this could be a team nobody wants any part of.

Texas-El Paso will be favored when the line is released in what will be the Pirates offense verur the Miners defense. I already like the defense but need to see the line...

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