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East Carolina vs. Tulsa - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-5) at East Carolina Pirates (8-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and East Carolina Pirates play Saturday at the Minges Coliseum.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have won eight straight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 67.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting. James Woodard is averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while Shaquille Harrison is averaging 15.5 points and 3.4 assists. Rashad Smith is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Marquel Curtis is shooting 51.4 percent from the field. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane rely on a defense that’s allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in seven straight games. Offensively, Tulsa is shooting 66 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. Tulsa is 4-2 SU on the road.

East Carolina vs. Tulsa - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last five games and look for their second AAC win. On the season, ECU is averaging 66.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Terry Whisnant is averaging 13.4 points and 1.8 assists while B.J. Tyson is averaging 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Caleb White is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have seven players averaging at least 5.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the lien and 32.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in eight of its last nine games.

The Golden Hurricane are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in East Carolina and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

East Carolina just isn't a good basketball team while Tulsa has established itself as the top team in the AAC. With Tulsa covering its last five games, I have to take the chalk here. 

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Tulsa Golden Hurricane -7

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