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Central Florida Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (8-9) at Central Florida Knights (8-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm (CFE Federal Credit Union Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The East Carolina Pirates visit the Sunshine State to face the Central Florida Knights.

The East Carolina Pirates have lost four straight to kick off conference play at 0-4 so they obviously need a win to avoid falling too far behind in the standings. Facing the powerhouse SMU Mustangs Wednesday wasn’t a help as ECU fell 79-55 at home as 14 point underdogs. SMU led by eight at the half before turning it on over the final 20 minutes behind 52.5% marksmanship including 11-23 from beyond the arc while the Pirates hit at less then 41%. The Tandem of Caleb White and BJ Tyson were the Pirates best offensive options with 15 points apiece on 13-25 from the field with Lance Tejada chipping in with ten points on 3-6 from the floor but the rest of the team managed only 15 points. 

Central Florida Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central Florida Knights look like an improved team although cracking the top four with so many good teams is highly unlikely. The Knights were trying to get on a roll with consecutive victories before faltering in an 88-73 defeat at SMU Sunday as a 14 point underdog. UCF trailed by 14 points and were unable to make a run against the Mustangs. Central Florida shot the ball well enough at 47% but Southern Methodist was unstoppable at 55% which equaled eight more field goals. Justin McBride was the Knights best scoring option with 20 points and nine rebounds on 9-12 from the field with Matt Williams dropping 12 points on 4-6. AJ Davis and Chance McSpadden combined for 14 points in an overall solid scoring game. 

The over is 7-3-1 un East Carolina last  11 road games. Central Florida are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games. Central Florida defeated East Carolina on the road already and sweeping a team is difficult but the Knights have been cover machines…

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Central Florida -3.5

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