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Cincinnati vs. East Carolina - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (7-8) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The East Carolina Pirates and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Tuesday night at the Fifth Third Arena.

The East Carolina Pirates have split their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, East Carolina is averaging 64.5 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 46 percent shooting. Caleb White is averaging 13.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while Terry Whisnant is averaging 12.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Antonio Robinson is dishing 3.1 assists. Offensively, the East Carolina Pirates are shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 33 percent from downtown. Defensively, East Carolina is forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and has allowed 67 or less points in six straight games. B.J. Tyson is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

Cincinnati vs. East Carolina - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last five games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 62.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 54.6 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Troy Caupain is averaging 9.2 points and 3.4 assists. Gary Clark is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Farad Cobb is shooting 37.1 percent from the field. The Cincinnati Bearcats remain one of the top defensive teams in the league, forcing 12.8 turnovers per game while they’ve allowed no more than 62 points in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Cincinnati is shooting 68.5 percent from the line and 28.8 percent from deep. Cincy has scored 56 or less points in four of its last eight games.

The Pirates are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bearcats are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 3-1-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

What are we doing giving Cincinnati big chalk? Sure, the Bearcats are the best team in this matchup but they're also a team that struggles to score 60 points against just about anybody. I'll gladly take the points here. 

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