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Houston vs. East Carolina - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina at Houston
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Fertitta Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston -20.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
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The East Carolina Pirates and Houston Cougars meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Fertitta Center.

The East Carolina Pirates look for a big road win to get back to a .500 record. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 70.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while Shawn Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 1.8 assists. Seth LeDay is the third double-digit scorer and K.J. Davis is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost all six road games this season.

The Houston Cougars look for another victory to build on their impressive 18-1 record. The Houston Cougars are averaging 74.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 60.5 points on 36.4 percent shooting. Corey Davis Jr. is averaging 15.2 points and 3.1 assists while Armoni Brooks is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Galen Robinson Jr. is dishing 5.3 assists and Dejon Jarreau is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars haven’t lost a home game since March of 2017.

The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. American Athletic Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Cougars are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. American Athletic Conference, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Pirates are 0-9 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Houston and 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Pirates last 7 road games. The over is 15-7 in Pirates last 22 vs. American Athletic Conference.

When Houston and East Carolina played last season, the Cougars won by 51 points. The East Carolina Pirates have lost all six road games this season where they're shooting just 38.1 percent from the field and being outscored by an average of 14.2 points. The Houston Cougars are 12-6-1 ATS on the season and 9-5 ATS as a favorite. Houston is one of those teams that may be a bit overrated when it comes to these large spreads, but based on their covering ability, you kind of just keep backing them until the tickets stop cashing. This line feels a bit too steep, but there's no logical reason to back ECU. So, give me the Cougars i na comfortable victory. 

Houston -20.5

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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