Memphis vs. East Carolina - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis vs. East Carolina - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

East Carolina Pirates (11-20) at Memphis Tigers (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -10 -- Over/Under: 139

TV: ESPNU

The East Carolina Pirates and the Memphis Tigers meet in college basketball action from Dickies Arena on Thursday. 

Coming into this AAC Tournament matchup, East Carolina sits at 11-20 so far. East Carolina is currently on a three-game losing streak, falling to South Florida, Connecticut and UCF in that stretch. 

In the loss to UCF, East Carolina’s top scorer was Tristen Newton with 20 points, three assists and two rebounds. Jayden Gardner added 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists there, and JJ Miles had 13 points with six rebounds and one assist. 

Over on the Memphis side, they’re 21-10 on the year. In the last four games, Memphis is 2-2, beating Tulane and Wichita State while otherwise falling to SMU and Houston in that time. 

In the loss to Houston, Memphis’ leading scorer was Precious Achiuwa with 25 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. The only other Memphis player in double-digits there was Lester Quinones with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. 

Memphis is 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Memphis is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games and the under is 5-0 in their last five overall. 

Meanwhile, the over is 4-1 in East Carolina’s last five overall and they’re 6-20 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games. The over is 10-4-1 in East Carolina’s last 15 after a straight-up loss and 9-3 in their last 12 after an ATS loss. 

East Carolina has been pretty underwhelming on the scoreboard lately—which makes sense because they’re not really a big offensive team this year. ECU has been at 68 or below in each of their last four games and has gone just 1-3 during that span. 

As for Memphis, they’ve been all over the place scoring-wise themselves, but the good news is that they beat a good Wichita State Team and were reasonably close to Houston in their last outing. I have to stick with Memphis on the cover here. Regardless, this should be a pretty competitive game initially and a fun one to check out. 

Andrew’s Pick Memphis Tigers -10

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