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East Carolina vs. Tulane - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulane Green Wave (9-3) at East Carolina Pirates (7-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNews

The Tulane Green Wave and East Carolina Pirates square off Wednesday afternoon at the Minges Coliseum.

The Tulane Green Wave look to snap a two-game skid and play their third true road contest. On the season, Tulane is averaging 68.5 points on 45 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Louis Dabney is averaging 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds while Jay Hook is averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Jonathan Stark is the third player averaging double-digit points and Payton Henson is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Tulane Green Wave are a well balanced team, especially on the defensive end where they’re forcing more than 14 turnovers while holding teams to 30.3 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Tulane is shooting 67.2 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from downtown.

East Carolina vs. Tulane - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates have split their last 10 games and hope to win their third straight. On the season, East Carolina is averaging 66.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 13.7 points and 4.2 rebounds while Caleb White is averaging 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. Terry Whisnant is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have six different players averaging at least 7.2 points while they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 30.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, ECU is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to 27.5 percent shooting from deep. Six of East Carolina’s seven wins this season have come at home.

The Green Wave are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Green Wave are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in East Carolina and 11-4-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

East Carolina has been tough to beat at home and that should continue here. Despite Tulane having past success against East Carolina, the Pirates have more scoring options and is playing solid defense as of late. I like the Pirates and the small chalk. 

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