Check out our free Tulsa vs East Carolina pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Greenville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Tulsa vs East Carolina Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 24th Betting Odds
Golden Hurricane vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tulsa Golden Hurricane at East Carolina Pirates
- Where: Greenville at Minges Coliseum
- Date: Tuesday, January 24th
- Betting Odds: Tulsa +4.5, TULSA +164 | ECAR -204 O/U 142.5
Golden Hurricane Preview:
Tulsa will take the floor against the Pirates with an overall record of 5-13. On the road, the Golden Hurricane will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 0-6. So far, the Golden Hurricane have been the underdog 14 times, going 2-12 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Tulsa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Sam Griffin who is averaging 16.22 points per game for the Golden Hurricane. Griffin 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 Golden Hurricane’s offensive game plan is the play of Bryant Selebangue who has hit 67.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tulsa this season, as they are currently ranked 316th in college basketball at 67.4 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 Golden Hurricane’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 239th in the NCAA.
East Carolina will take the floor against the Golden Hurricane with an overall record of 10-10. Currently, the Pirates have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 7-4. The Pirates’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, East Carolina has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 6-3.
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 12.32 points per contest. In addition to his scoring, Johnson is adding 9.0 rebounds per game and 2.16 assists.
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: East Carolina Pirates -4.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the East Carolina Pirates to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4.5 point betting favorites. Although East Carolina as a team is just 407th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Hurricane’s defense. At -4.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Pirates to come out on top and cover.
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