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East Carolina vs. Temple - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Temple at East Carolina
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Minges Coliseum
Greenville, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: East Carolina +7.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Temple Owls and East Carolina Pirates meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Minges Coliseum.

The Temple Owls look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Temple Owls are averaging 74.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Shizz Alston Jr. is averaging 19 points and 5.4 assists while Quinton Rose is averaging 16.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Nate Pierre-Louis is the third double-digit scorer and Ernest Aflakpui is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Temple Owls are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Temple Owls are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Temple Owls have won four of their last six road games.

The East Carolina Pirates look for a big win here to get a game above a .500 record. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 69.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 19.4 points and 9.5 rebounds while Shawn Williams is averaging 13.3 points and 1.9 assists. Seth LeDay is the third double-digit scorer and K.J. Davis is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 27.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 26.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have won their last four home games.

The Owls are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Pirates last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Owls last 4 overall.

The Temple Owls are obviously the better team in this contest, but they don't blow many teams out and have been in a lot of tight games. The East Carolina Pirates are winning by an average of 9.9 points at home this season while allowing just 37.7 percent shooting. The Temple Owls are just 2-7 ATS this season as a favorite, while the East Carolina Pirates have been one of the top covering teams at home dating back to last season. The numbers and the trends suggest that East Carolina can do enough to make this game interesting and stay within the number. I'll take ECU and the free buckets.

Pick:
East Carolina +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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