East Carolina vs. Tulsa - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-6) at East Carolina Pirates (8-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN News
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Minges Coliseum to take on the East Carolina Pirates this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-6 (3-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the Connecticut Huskies, 60-51, this past Thursday. Tulsa used a strong defensive 2nd half to outscore the Huskies by a 34-25 margin and get the victory. Tulsa shot 35.3% from the field and 69.2% (18-26) from the FT line. The Golden Hurricane held the Huskies to 30.9% shooting from the field and 27.6% (8-29) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Tulsa was James Woodard who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Golden Hurricane have been led by James Woodard (16.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Shaquille Harrison (16.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Marquel Curtis (6.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 73.2 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 33.2% shooting form beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting. The Golden Hurricane have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
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The East Carolina Pirates lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 8-10 (0-5 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the UCF Knights, 89-69, this past Saturday. East Carolina put up little fight as this one was pretty much over at halftime after the Pirates went down by a 60-32 margin. East Carolina shot 40.9% from the field and 26.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. The Pirates allowed the Knights to shoot 54.2% from the field and was outrebounded by UCF by a 48-27 margin. Leading the way for East Carolina was B.J. Taylor who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Pirates have been led by B.J. Tyson (14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), Caleb White (14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Kentrell Barkley (9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, East Carolina is averaging 68.7 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 6.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, East Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 69.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Golden Hurricane are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Pirates are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games however, just 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Tulsa just got a nice victory against UConn and are led by an outstanding backcourt which consists of James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison. East Carolina has really struggled offensively during their five game losing streak as the Pirates are averaging just 59.0 ppg. Tulsa has played well since their 19-point loss to Cincinnati and I think they’ll be able to shut down the East Carolina offense in this one to cover the spread. Take Tulsa to cover.