Memphis vs. East Carolina - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Memphis vs. East Carolina - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

East Carolina Pirates at Memphis Tigers

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Fedexforum)

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The East Carolina Pirates and the Memphis Tigers meet in AAC college basketball action from the FedExForum on Wednesday night.

The East Carolina Pirates will try to make up some ground in the AAC standings, sitting at 4-9 in conference play after a 5th loss in 6 games after a 70-67 loss to Cincinnati last time out. Jayden Gardner leads East Carolina in scoring and rebounding with 20 PPG and 9.6 RPG while Tristen Newton has 9.7 PPG and a team-high 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 68.4 points on 41.7% shooting from the field, 28.7% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line while allowing 71 points on 42.8% shooting from the field and 33.9% from 3-point range this season. East Carolina is 1-8 straight up and 3-6 against the spread on the road this season.

The Memphis Tigers will try to climb further up in the AAC rankings, sitting at 6-6 in conference play, riding a three-game losing streak after a 64-61 loss to UConn last time out. Precious Achiuwa leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with 15.1 PPG and 10.2 RPG while D.J. Jeffries and Lester Quinones each have double-digit scoring averages for Memphis this season. Alex Lmoax is also averaging 7 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 73.7 points on 45.3% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season. Memphis is 12-3 straight up and 9-6 against the spread at home this season.

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Head-to-head, the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

I’m not overly comfortable laying this big of a number with Memphis on their current losing skid, but the issue I have is that East Carolina has been terrible for much of the conference portion of their schedule on the road, with all but one of their losses coming by at least 12 points. I hate saying that a team is due for a bounce back, but Memphis is better than how they’ve been playing as of late, and I think the Tigers respond in a big way here, so I’ll lay the points with the Tigers here.

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Chris’s Pick Memphis -13

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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