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East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 3/12/15 AAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (12-17) at East Carolina Pirates (13-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm (XL Center)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The UCF Knights and East Carolina Pirates meet Thursday afternoon in the AAC Tournament.

The UCF Knights look to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, UCF is averaging 65.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 71.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 12.5 points and 2.4 assists while Adonys Henriquez is averaging 10.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Brandon Goodwin is the third double-digit scorer and Staphon Blair is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The UCF Knights have six players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 64.4 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Defensively, UCF is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four straight games.

East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 3/12/15 AAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, ECU is averaging 63.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 12.5 points and four rebounds while Terry Whisnant is averaging 12.5 points and 1.8 assists. Caleb White is the third double-digit scorer and Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have four players averaging at least 5.7 points, and they’re shooting 67.9 percent from the line and 34.7 percent from deep. Defensively, ECU is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.

The East Carolina Pirates won both meetings this season and has more offensive players who can takeover a game. I look for the Pirates to jump on the Knights early and get the W and the cover. 

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