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South Florida vs East Carolina Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 15th Betting Odds

Bulls vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Florida Bulls at East Carolina Pirates
  • Where: Greenville at Minges Coliseum
  • Date: Sunday, January 15th
  • Betting Odds: South Florida +2, SFL +111 | ECAR -136 O/U 139.0

Bulls Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs East Carolina, the South Florida Bulls will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 7-10. So far, the Bulls have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, South Florida has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulls being +2 point underdogs.

South Florida will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Harris who is averaging 16.18 points per game for the Bulls. Harris 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 Bulls’ offensive game plan is the play of Russel Tchewa who has hit 62.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.41 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 491st in college basketball at 57.5 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 Bulls’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 25.2%, placing them 560th in the NCAA.

Pirates Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs South Florida, the East Carolina Pirates will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 10-8. So far this season, East Carolina has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. The Pirates’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, East Carolina has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2.

East Carolina will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javon Small who is averaging 15.78 points per game for the Pirates. Small 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 Pirates’ offensive game plan is the play of Brandon Johnson who has hit 48.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.53 points per game.

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.

Free Spread Prediction: South Florida Bulls +2

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have East Carolina as the favorites with a line coming in at -2. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the South Florida Bulls to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with East Carolina at 8.0 made 3’s per game compared to South Florida at 4.61. Look for South Florida to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Pirates.

 


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