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Tulsa vs. East Carolina - 3/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
East Carolina at Tulsa
Date & Time Sunday March 3, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Donald Reynolds Center
Tulsa, OK
The Line
Tulsa Golden Hurricane -12 -- O/U: 140.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The East Carolina Pirates and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet in AAC college basketball action from the Donald Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon.

The East Carolina Pirates will look to bounce back from a 99-65 loss to Houston in their last outing. Seth LeDay led the Pirates with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting while Jayden Gardner added 14 points with a team-high 5 rebounds and Isaac Fleming chipped in 13 points with a team-high 7 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Pirates in the losing effort. Gardner leads East Carolina with an average of 17.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Fleming leads the Pirates in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 67.6 points per game on 41.8% shooting from the field, 27.4% from behind the arc and 68.2% from the foul line this season.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to build some steam after a 72-64 win over Tulsa in their last outing. Martins Igbanu and Curran Scott tied for the team-high with 19 points apiece as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for Tulsa in the win, with Igbanu shooting 5 of 6 from the floor with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line along with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals while Scott shot 7 of 10 with 4 threes. Elijah Joiner had 9 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Jeriah Horne had 8 points and 8 boards of his own. DaQuan Jeffries was held to just 4 points but still leads Tulsa with an average of 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Sterling Taplin leads Tulsa in assists with 4.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 71.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

East Carolina is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Tulsa is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 home games. East Carolina is 5-13-2 ATS in the last 20 meetings between these two teams and 0-3-2 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Tulsa.

East Carolina has stepped up their play lately on the road, beating Tulane and narrowly falling to USF by 4 points in overtime. However, This is also the same Pirates team that lost to UConn by 24, Houston by 44 and SMU by 28. Tulsa may not be high up in the standings, but the Golden Hurricane are a team that can grind you down defensively and that’s not a recipe for success when you struggle offensively the same way that East Carolina tends to struggle from time-to-time. I’ll lay the points with Tulsa as I just don’t think this is a good matchup for East Carolina.

Pick:
Tulsa -12

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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