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East Carolina vs. Cincinnati - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (20-8) at East Carolina Pirates (11-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +9.5 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The East Carolina Pirates and the Cincinnati Bearcats face off on Saturday in AAC college basketball action.

The East Carolina Pirates are 11-17 this season and they are coming off of a win over Tulane that ended a six game losing skid. ECU is averaging 70 points per game and they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent. B.J. Tyson leads the Pirates averaging 14.9 points per game. Caleb White is averaging 12.6 points, Kentrell Barkley is averaging 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Prince Williams is averaging 10.3 points. East Carolina is 8-6 at home and 3-12 in AAC play.

East Carolina vs. Cincinnati - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats are 20-8 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Cincinnati is averaging 73.7 points per game and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.8 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Troy Caupain leads the Bearcats averaging 11.6 points per game. Gary Clark is averaging 11.2 points and 8.9 rebounds, Farad Cobb is averaging 10.8 points, and Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Cincinnati is 5-5 on the road and 10-5 in AAC games.

East Carolina is 5-0-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine games. Cincinnati is 2-6 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 1-4-1 against the spread against ECU. The home team is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two teams.

I expect Cincinnati to win going away here and while it is a big number on the road it isn’t an issue. 

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Cincinnati Bearcats -10

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