East Carolina vs. UConn - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina vs. UConn - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies (16-12) at East Carolina Pirates (11-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +5.5 -- Over/Under: 137

TV: ESPNU

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

The UConn Huskies look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 70.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Christian Vital is averaging 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while James Bouknight is averaging 10.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert is dishing 4.4 assists and Tyler Polley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have lost five of their last six road games.

The East Carolina Pirates need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 68.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 19.9 points and 9.5 rebounds while Tristen Newton is averaging 10.2 points and 3.7 assists. Brandon Suggs is dishing 1.8 assists and Seth LeDay is grabbing four rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 28.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last six home games.

The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The UConn Huskies are showing signs of life as we approach tournament time as they're playing their best basketball, but they still lose on the road by an average of five points and shoot just 40.9 percent from the field. The lack of consistent offense from UConn is scary, especially on the road. The East Carolina Pirates are 9-6 against the spread at home and 10-5 against the spread as a single-digit underdog. In what could be an ugly, low scoring AAC contest, I'll take my chances with the East Carolina Pirates and the free buckets.

Randy’s Pick East Carolina Pirates +5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.