East Carolina Pirates (7-4) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-5)
December 17, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -2.5 / East Carolina Pirates +2.5 ; Over/Under: +133.5
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The East Carolina Pirates and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action from Bon Secours Wellness Arena. East Carolina is 7-4 overall this year. The Pirates beat Coppin State in their last game. As for South Carolina, they’re sitting at 5-5 and coming off a loss to UAB. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
East Carolina won five of their first six games this year, falling to only Indiana State. Since then it’s been a 2-3 run for the Pirates with wins over Coppin State and Campbell mixed with losses to Old Dominion, SC State and UNCW.
On Sunday versus Coppin State, the Pirates were down 42-37 at halftime. East Carolina surged on a 47-33 run in the second half for an 84-75 win. Javon Small led the team on 21 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Over on the South Carolina side, they were 3-3 over their first six games this year, falling to Colorado State, Davidson and Furman in that stretch. The Gamecocks have since gone 2-2 with wins over Georgetown and Presbyterian.
On Wednesday in the UAB game, South Carolina was drilled 42-28 in the first half. The Gamecocks kept the pace from there but still lost 84-70. GG Jackson topped the team with 20 points, and three other players each scored 13 points apiece.
PICK: I’ll probably stay with East Carolina. The Pirates started slow in their last matchup versus Coppin State, but eventually shot 53.6 percent from the field with 34 rebounds. There’s plenty to clean up, however; ECU hit just 4-of-18 from 3-point range (22.2 percent) and shot 20-of-29 (69 percent) from the line. As for South Carolina, they’ve had their ups and downs this year. That said, the Gamecocks have been scoring better over the last three games with 68 or more in each. This should be a fairly high-scoring affair if both teams are on point, but I like ECU to take the cover and maybe the win.