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Memphis to Cover Spread vs East Carolina

Despite Memphis (20-8, 9-6 AAC) having a better overall season than East Carolina (14-13, 7-7), the two programs are not separated by much in American Athletic Conference standings. That could level out NCAA basketball lines with Memphis on the road.

In the Tigers’ last game, Memphis went up against one of the top teams in the conference in Florida Atlantic and won 78-74 at home. On the other hand, the Pirates went on the road and had a three-game winning streak snapped by Rice 70-52.

Memphis to Cover Spread vs East Carolina
Memphis to Cover Spread vs East Carolina

 

Memphis vs East Carolina Game Information

1. Game: Memphis (20-8) vs East Carolina (14-13)
2. Location: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC
3. Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
4. Memphis vs East Carolina Live Stream: TBS.com

 

This game could be complicated for NCAAB expert picks. Memphis is sixth in the conference standings while East Carolina is eighth. These teams haven’t played yet this season and this wil be their only matchup. Furthermore, both teams’ previous games can give off mixed singles.

Memphis vs East Carolina Odds and Spreads

1. Memphis has hit the Moneyline in 9 of their last 15 away games (+4.55 Units / 17% ROI)
2. East Carolina has hit the Game Total Under in 21 of their last 31 games (+10.00 Units / 29% ROI)
3. Memphis has hit the Game Total Over in 9 of their last 15 away games (+3.50 Units / 21% ROI)
4. East Carolina has hit the 1H Game Total Under in 18 of their last 31 games (+5.35 Units / 15% ROI)
5. Memphis has hit the 1H Moneyline in 8 of their last 15 away games (+2.40 Units / 11% ROI)
6. East Carolina has hit the Team Total Under in 18 of their last 31 games (+3.15 Units / 9% ROI)
7. Memphis has hit the 1H Game Total Over in 8 of their last 15 away games (+2.35 Units / 14% ROI)
8. East Carolina has hit the 1H Moneyline in 16 of their last 31 games (+1.15 Units / 2% ROI)

Memphis vs East Carolina ATS Pick: Memphis -4

Given the circumstances of this game, East Carolina could push to cover the college basketball spread. For one, the Pirates will be the home team, giving them a slight advantage by tip-off. On top of that, despite losing the last game to Rice, the Pirates had won the three straight before that, being favored and covering each spread.

To only make college basketball lines hint at East Carolina more is that Memphis has only covered three games over the previous 10. However, the Tigers have covered in the last two games, as a favorite against Charlotte and an underdog vs Florida Atlantic.

A significant part of any success that Memphis has had this season is because of David Jones, who is averaging 21.7 points. He has led the team in scoring in 10 of the last 11 games.

Also, the way East Carolina looked in its last game, only scoring 52 points, does not instill much confidence for this matchup with Memphis.

Memphis vs East Carolina Over/Under Pick: Under 146

East Carolina’s defense is one of the most significant factors affecting college basketball odds in this game, potentially being low-scoring. Within conference play, the Pirates have had one of the best defenses in the American. They have held conference opponents to 65.8 points per game, the second lowest, which should only be better at home.

Memphis’s offense will challenge East Carolina’s defense, averaging the second-most points per game against conference opponents (80.5). However, with the Pirates being the home team, they should have more control over the pace, forcing the Tigers into a lower-scoring game than it is used to.

Memphis vs East Carolina Player Prop Pick: David Jones Under 20½ points (-114)

There is a good chance that Jones still leads Memphis in points in this game, but that might not mean he will hit the over on his points prop. This game could be low-scoring, so Jones might not have many chances to get over his points total. On top of that, East Carolina does have a solid defense that will be home and focused on slowing down Jones.

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Memphis vs East Carolina Score Prediction

Memphis 74, East Carolina 69

 

 

Questions of the Day

What are Memphis’s chances to win the American Athletic Conference?


It seems like Memphis’ recent win over Florida Atlantic does open the door for it to make things interesting when the conference tournament starts.

How could East Carolina fare in the American Athletic Conference tournament?


East Carolina has a really good defense that could help them win some games, but losing to Rice by that much may change expectations.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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