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East Carolina vs. Wichita State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wichita State Shockers (13-2) at East Carolina Pirates (7-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +24 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

We have some AAC-tion on tap Thursday night, as the #5 Wichita State Shockers take on the East Carolina Pirates in a college basketball matchup. 

The #5 Wichita State Shockers come into this one looking to remain perfect in conference play after a 95-57 rout of South Florida in their last outing. Shaquille Morris led the team with 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 3 blocks, while Zach Brown added 13 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting with 3 triples. Markis McDuffie went 4 of 5 from downtown for 12 points with a team-high 6 rebounds, while Darral Willis Jr. added 11 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Wichita State in the win. Austin Reaves added 8 points and 7 assists, while Rauno Nurger added 6 points and 3 blocks of his own. Landry Shamet scored just 3 points but added 7 assists of his own, and still leads the team in scoring and assists with 16.1 points and 4.7 assists per game this season. Rashard Kelly leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 boards per game this season. As a team, Wichita State is scoring 85.1 points per game on 49% shooting from the field, 41.3% from behind the arc and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

East Carolina vs. Wichita State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates will look to pull off the upset at home after falling to 1-3 in conference play following a 70-65 loss to UCONN in their last outing. B.J. Tyson led the team with 21 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, while Kentrell Barkley followed with 13 points with 7 boards of his own along with 5 steals. Dimitri Spasojevic came right behind with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Shawn Williams added 11 points in the losing effort for ECU. Isaac Fleming scored just 5 points but dished out a team-high 6 assists in the loss as well. Tyson leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game, while Fleming leads with 4.8 assists per game and Jabari Craig leads the way as the team’s top assist man with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, East Carolina is scoring 65.7 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 26% from behind the arc and 63.6% from the foul line this season.

Wichita State is 46-22-1 ATS in their last 69 road games and 44-19-1 ATS in their last 64 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games following a win. East Carolina is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 conference matchups and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a loss.

This is a truckload of points to go against East Carolina, but I’m still going to lay them. Wichita State is just too much for the struggling Pirates, and I have East Carolina on the same plane as South Florida, a team that Wichita State handled with ease. Even on the road, this game is going to get ugly, so give me the Shockers in a blowout.

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