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East Carolina vs. Tulsa - 2/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulsa at East Carolina
Date & Time Sunday February 17, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Minges Coliseum
Greenville, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: East Carolina +7.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and East Carolina Pirates meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Minges Coliseum.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 71.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 40.1 percent shooting. DaQuan Jeffries is averaging 14 points and 5.6 rebounds while Martins Igbanu is averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Sterling Taplin is the third double-digit scorer and Jeriah Horne is dishing 1.1 assists. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have lost five of their last six road games.

The East Carolina Pirates also need a win here after losing nine of their last 10 games. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 66.8 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds while Shawn Williams is averaging 11.2 points and 1.7 assists. Seth LeDay is the third double-digit scorer and K.J. Davis is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 26.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last five home games.

The Golden Hurricane are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win. The Pirates are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in East Carolina and 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Pirates last 6 overall. The under is 6-2 in Golden Hurricane last 8 road games.

Tulsa has won nine of the last 10 meetings against East Carolina and majority of those games weren't close. The East Carolina Pirates are just in downright brutal form right now, as they're losing by an average of 10.6 points while shooting just 39 percent from the field in their last five games. Despite being solid defensively, ECU is winning by an average of just 2.4 points at home. East Carolina is also just 6-9 ATS this season in the underdog role. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane aren't the most consistent team in their own right, but they come in playing well the past couple of weeks and aren't nearly as bad as ECU no matter how you slice it. It's Tulsa or pass for me.

Pick:
Tulsa -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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