Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. East Carolina Pirates - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Carolina Pirates (11-14) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (17-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Reynolds Center)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look to put on a show for the Reynolds Center crowd when the East Carolina Pirates visit.
The East Carolina Pirates won't be challenging for the AAC crown in their first season although they can scramble the standings with a few upsets in the closing weeks of the regular season. After knocking off Memphis an upset at Temple seemed like a possibility but the Owls had different plans in a 66-53 victory on Saturday. Temple took all the fight out of the Pirates with 16 point lead after 20 minutes before going in to cruise control the rest of the way. Both teams shot the ball in the 35%-37% range but the Owls won it with an 18-7 edge at the stripe. Terry Whisnant was the Pirates lone double digit scorer with 13 points on 5-13 shooting while BJ Tyson and Lance Tejada combined for 17 points. Michael Zangari led the team with six rebounds but did not score.
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane were the top dog in the American until the past week when an unblemished conference mark was no more on the heels of back to back defeats which dropped them to second behind Southern Methodist. The Golden Hurricane will be trying to regroup following a listless performance in a 70-45 beat down at Connecticut where the Huskies were up nine heading to the second half where they really poured it on. UConn dominated most areas on 51% marksmanship while Tulsa was limited to a mere 31.5% including a 5-20 effort from beyond the arc. Marquel Curtis paced three double figure scorers with 15 points and six pulls with D'Andre Wright and Rashad Smith adding ten points each and combining for eight boards. The rest of the team was a non factor with ten points.
The Pirates are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. East Carolina are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. American Athletic Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Golden Hurricane are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss. Tulsa are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The numbers say this should be around eight points...