South Florida Bulls (6-5) at East Carolina Pirates (7-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -1 -- Over/Under: 130 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Florida Bulls and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena.
The South Florida Bulls need a win after losing three of their last four games. The South Florida Bulls are averaging 68.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting. David Collins is averaging 11.9 points and 3.7 assists while Caleb Murphy is averaging 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Alexis Yenta is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Brown is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The South Florida Bulls are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 61.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Florida Bulls are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The East Carolina Pirates look for a win after splitting their last four games. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 70.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.9 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 17 points and 7.3 rebounds while JJ Miles is averaging 10.7 points and 1.7 assists. Brandon Suggs is the third double-digit scorer and Bitumba Baruti is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Pirates are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 Saturday games. The under is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The South Florida Bulls are in a bit of a funk right now and their inconsistent offense makes them tough to trust on the road. The East Carolina Pirates are quietly one of the better defensive teams in the league and that gives them a serious edge here in an AAC battle that's likely going to be slow paced and ugly to watch. I'll gladly side with East Carolina in this near pick em contest.