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East Carolina vs. Connecticut - 2/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (12-14) at East Carolina Pirates (10-14)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

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

The UConn Huskies need a victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 67.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 43 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17.5 points and 4.4 assists while Christian Vital is averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Terry Larrier is the third double-digit scorer and Antwoine Anderson is dishing 1.8 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have lost four straight road games.

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East Carolina vs. Connecticut - 2/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since early December. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 67.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while Isaac Fleming is averaging 12.5 points and 4.8 assists. Kentrell Barkley is the third double-digit scorer and Shawn Williams is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last six home games.

The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Huskies are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I'm not sure how anybody decides to lay chalk with the UConn Huskies, as this team is piling up the losses quickly, is being outscored by 14.2 points on the road this season and can't score. There's no energy with UConn and you have to think there's going to be a change in the coaching staff at the end of the season. The East Carolina Pirates aren't much better, as they have yet to win two straight games in over two months, but they've been solid against the number lately and are only being outscored by 1.5 points at home. Give me the points, as more of a fade from UConn than anything else.

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