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East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (9-12) at East Carolina Pirates (9-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

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

TV: ESPN3

The UCF Knights and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday afternoon at the Minges Coliseum.

The UCF Knights look to right the ship and snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, UCF is averaging 67.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 73.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Adonys Henriquez is averaging 11.4 points and 3.4 assists while Brandon Goodwin is averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Daiquan Walker is dishing two assists and Justin McBride is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The UCF Knights have seven players averaging at least 6.4 points, and they’re shooting 65.9 percent from the line and 36.8 percent from deep. Defensively, UCF is allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in seven of its last 10 games. B.J. Taylor is questionable with a concussion.

East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates look to get back on track as well after losing four of their last six games. On the season, ECU is averaging 61.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Terry Whisnant is averaging 13.2 points and 1.8 assists while B.J. Tyson is averaging 12.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. Caleb White is the third double-digit scorer and Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have six players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 34.5 percent from deep. Defensively, ECU is allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last six games.

The Knights are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. 

While I am concerned about a letdown with the East Carolina Pirates, they are the better team and have covered six of their last seven games. Look for ECU to win and cover the reasonable chalk. 

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East Carolina Pirates -5

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