East Carolina Pirates (4-3) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (3-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks -7 -- Over/Under: 149 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The East Carolina Pirates will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The East Carolina Pirates had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the High Point Panthers, 55-52, this past Saturday. East Carolina fought back from a double-digit deficit in the 2nd half to make it a game late, however, couldn’t secure the come from behind victory after the Panthers took a 55-51 lead with just 19 seconds left in regulation. East Carolina shot just 21.4% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by High Point by a 32-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Jayden Gardner who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and a block.
On the season, East Carolina is averaging 69.7 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 4.7 three-pointers per game on 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Carolina has been led by Jayden Gardner (16.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Shawn Williams (14.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg), Seth LeDay (12.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg), and Isaac Fleming (7.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.1 spg).
Defensively, East Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 38.1% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -2.9.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks improved to 3-4 on the season after defeating the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 82-65, this past Sunday. UNC Wilmington was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Panthers and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 45-32 lead. UNC Wilmington shot 55.9% from the field, 52.4% from beyond the arc, and outrebounded Eastern Illinois by a 37-26 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Devontae Cacok who had a double-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 79.7 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Wilmington has been led by Devontae Cacok (16.4 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 1.1 spg), Jeantal Cylla (12.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg), Ty Taylor II (9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Jaylen Fornes (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of 7.6 and a turnover margin of -4.7.
The Pirates are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. CAA opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
East Carolina & UNC Wilmington play very different styles of basketball as the Pirates are more of a defensive oriented team while the Seahawks love to push the pace. UNC Wilmington has more talent on the floor however, I’m a bit concerned about their turnover margin (-4.7; ranked 327th in CBB) and their defense that ranks 276th in scoring defense. East Carolina should be able to find a bit more success on the offensive end than what we’ve seen from the Pirates this season and although I don’t think they’ll win the game, East Carolina should do enough to cover with the points.