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SMU vs. East Carolina - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
East Carolina Pirates (7-5) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (8-4)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -15 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The East Carolina Pirates and SMU Mustangs meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum.

The East Carolina Pirates look for a statement win after splitting their last six games. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 77.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 19 points and 8.8 rebounds while Shawn Williams is averaging 14.3 points and 1.4 assists. Seth LeDay is the third double-digit scorer and K.J. Davis is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 27.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost all three road games this season.

The SMU Mustangs look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 76.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jahmal McMurray is averaging 18.3 points and 2.8 assists while Ethan Chargois is averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Jimmy Whitt Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Isiaha Mike is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs have won five of their last seven home games.

The Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games. The Pirates are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 9-2 in Mustangs last 11 overall. The under is 7-2 in Pirates last 9 overall.

The East Carolina Pirates have lost all three road games this season and are being outscored by 13.3 points while shooting 38.3 percent from the field in those games. The SMU Mustangs are outscoring teams by 11.8 points at home this season and are finally starting to play like the SMU teams of old, showing great balance and getting after it defensively. The East Carolina Pirates will have a tough time hanging in this game if they can't make outside shots. I'll take SMU in a blowout home win.

Pick:
Southern Methodist Mustangs -15

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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