East Carolina Pirates vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (15-0) at East Carolina Pirates (8-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Methodist Mustangs go on the road to face the East Carolina Pirates.
The Southern Methodist Mustangs are not going to the postseason but that hasn’t had any effect on their on court performance. The Mustangs have rolled to a 15-0 record behind a high powered offense and an above average ‘D’. SMU comes off an 81-69 victory at Tulsa as a five point favorite. The Golden Hurricane fared better then most with 44% shooting but that wasn’t enough to compete with the Mustangs 56% accuracy including a 10-15 effort from distance. Malik Milton led SMU with a game high 24 points on 7-8 on threes with Nic Moore scoring 23. Ben Moore added eleven points and ten rebounds while Marcus Kennedy chipped in with nine points.
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The East Carolina Pirates are trying to keep their heads above water and perhaps develop more scoring punch as they sit at 8-8 and outscore opponents 69-67 so there isn’t much room for error. The Pirates have struggled as of late with defeats in four of five following a 78-60 loss at Temple on Saturday. ECU saw a five point lead at the break disappear with the Owls going on a 45-22 second half run. East Carolina shot the ball well enough at 45% but the Owls burned the nets at 50% with a 13-33 effort from distance. The Pirates received 14 points from Caleb White with Clarence Williams tossing in 12 points while Prince Williams and Michael Zangari combined for 17 points.
The under is 37-12-3 in Southern Methodist last 52 Wednesday games and is 18-8 in East Carolina last 26 home games. The Mustangs ability to maintain their focus despite their postseason ban is amazing. This is still road chalk but based on potential…