Check out our free East Carolina vs Temple pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

East Carolina vs Temple Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds

Pirates vs Owls Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: East Carolina Pirates at Temple Owls
  • Where: Philadelphia at Liacouras Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds: East Carolina +9, ECAR +340 | TEMPL -456 O/U 137.5

Pirates Preview:

East Carolina will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Temple in order to snap their current 4 game losing streak. On the road, the Pirates will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Pirates have been the underdog 10 times, going 4-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

One thing working against East Carolina in this game is the fact that they will be without their leading scorer, Javon Small. In his 18, he is averaging 15.78 per game. This will be a significant blow to the team as he currently leads the Pirates’ in made 3-point shots. Overall, he has knocked down 33.3% of his looks from outside. Brandon Johnson will be looking to take on an even bigger scoring role, as he is the Pirates’ 2nd leading scorer at 12.72 points per contest. In addition to his scoring, Johnson is adding 8.89 rebounds per game and 2.11 assists.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 276th in college basketball at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Pirates’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.7%, placing them 334th in the NCAA.

Owls Preview:

Temple heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-9. Currently, the Owls have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 6-7. The Owls’ are sitting with a betting line that is -9 points in their favor. For the season, Temple has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 5-6.

Temple will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Khalif Battle who is averaging 17.42 points per game for the Owls. Battle is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Owls’ offensive game plan is the play of Damian Dunn who has hit 45.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.83 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Temple this season, as they are currently ranked 341st in college basketball at 66.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Owls’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 413th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: East Carolina Pirates +9

In our analysis of this matchup, we believe that Temple’s fast-paced style of play will give them an advantage against the East Carolina Pirates, who prefer a slower game. Despite the large -9 point spread, the Owls’ fast-paced style should play a large role in them cruising to an easy victory. We recommend betting on Temple to not only win but also cover the spread against East Carolina.

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