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East Carolina vs. Houston - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (13-3) at East Carolina Pirates (7-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Houston Cougars and East Carolina Pirates meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Minges Coliseum.

The Houston Cougars look for another victory after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Houston Cougars are averaging 81 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.8 points on 40 percent shooting. Rob Gray is averaging 19.6 points and 3.6 assists while Corey Davis Jr. is averaging 11.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. Devin Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Armoni Brooks is grabbing three rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars have won three of their last five road games.

East Carolina vs. Houston - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates need a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 65.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Kentrell Barkley is averaging 12.5 points and 1.9 assists. Isaac Fleming is the third double-digit scorer and Shawn Williams is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 25.8 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have split their last eight home games.

The Cougars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. American Athletic Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pirates are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss. The Cougars are 13-3-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings, the home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 13-3-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

The Houston Cougars are one of the more balanced and consistent teams in the AAC, as they're explosive offensively and have allowed less than 70 points in three of their last five games. The East Carolina Pirates are just 3-6 ATS this season and are one of the worst offensive teams in the country. I don't like laying big numbers on the road, and I'm not sure how motivated Houston will be to blow the doors off, but I don't trust ECU to keep things close against above average comp.

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