East Carolina Pirates (8-7) vs UCF Knights (12-2)Date : 01/13/2019
Time : 4:00 pm EST
Location : CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
East Carolina Pirates vs UCF Knights
The East Carolina Pirates will travel to CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida, to face the UCF Knights on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Knights enter this game on an extended winning streak as they have won six straight games with their last being a victory over the UConn Huskies at home as they were able to grind out a hard-fought victory by going up by 3 at the half while slowly pulling away from the Huskies during the second stanza as they allowed just 23 points to the visitors during this time en route to a slim home, conference victory.
On the other hand, the East Carolina Pirates are losers of two of their last three games as they fell on the road to the Memphis Tigers in their last outing as they relinquished a four-point lead at the break while being outscored by 10 points in the second half as they allowed 48% shooting to the Tigers in the contest while the Tigers connected on twice as many three-pointers throughout the the game. On the other hand, the offense for East Carolina continued to struggle in shooting just 40% from the floor while making good on 4 of 22 3-point attempts in the loss.
East Carolina Pirates's Latest Performance :
The Pirates of East Carolina were hoping to increase their momentum from a confidence-building win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the prior outing before meeting up with the Memphis Tigers for an for an AAC Showdown. Nonetheless, when it was all said and done, the Memphis Tigers were able to wrestle this momentum away from the visitors in the second half behind not only 48% shooting from the floor, as pointed out, but, by possessing six double-digit scores on the night, including three double-digit scores off the bench, as they were led by Tyler Harris, who hit four 3-pointers during the contest while leading the team with 16 points total. Kyvon Davenport along with Kareem Brewton jr. also chipped in 14 and 13 points for Memphis in the win as well.
Jayden Gardner along with Seth LeDay led East Carolina in scoring with 18 and 14 points, respectively, as they were also active on the boards in pulling down a combined 18 rebounds for the night. Nonetheless, LeDay also committed five turnovers in the contest as well.
And while the defense for the Pirates have been rather solid throughout the season, their offense has been much to inconsistent in which to allow the team to string together victories, lately. Nonetheless, they seek to right the ship in this matchup versus a Central Florida Knights team that continues to be dominant on their home court. In fact, the defense for Central Florida, which happens to be the tip of the spirit of their success in 2018, has allowed 70 or more points to its opponents in just two of their last seven home games, overall.
UCF Knights's Latest Performance :
Aubrey Dawkins along with BJ Taylor led Central Florida in their last outing over the UConn Huskies scoring 23 and 12 points, respectively, as they each combined to go 3 – 6 from three-point range on the night while Taylor struggled in going 3-9 from the floor. Central Florida certainly made it interesting in committing 16 turnovers on the night, yet were able to force 17 of their own as this certainly benefited them in picking up the much-needed. Alterique Gibson led UConn with 18 points yet went 6-19 from floor on a night where the Huskies struggled throughout.
In all, this is been the mantra for Central Florida throughout the season, which is to play solid defense for 40 minutes while allowing this to be the tip of the spear in creating more effective opportunities within transition. In a nutshell, the Knights have done this to perfection and will certainly like to continue their outstanding play at home versus an East Carolina team that is shooting only 43% as a team while averaging just 64 points in their last four losses. It would also be important to note that the Pirates have lost their last four road games, overall, as well.
How East Carolina Pirates & UCF Knights Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
East Carolina is 9 – 6 against the spread while the OU is 5 – 9
Central Florida is 9 – 4 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting contest as what one will witness will be a slower pace, defensive-minded contest throughout as both teams will certainly be looking to establish themselves on this end of the floor first and foremost. As stated, UCF has been dominant at home and will certainly like to maintain their top position within the AAC conference with a win on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, ECU finds itself within the cellar of the division, as pointed out, and will definitely be looking for yet another confidence-building victory in this matchup in which to begin a string of victories of their own, moving forward.
Against The Spread Selection: PIck: UCF Knights
My reason for the pick :
I will back Central Florida in this matchup as I really do not see the East Carolina Pirates being much of a match for such a dominating defense to which Central Florida possesses. On the other hand, the offense for Central Florida will have their fair share of issues early on in attempting to find open looks versus the Pirates defense that has played very solid lately; On the other hand, look for the home team to hit some critical baskets down the stretch in which to pull away from this Pirates squad at home while also maintaining their top position in the conference.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as it has been the play in three of the last four road contests for the East Carolina Pirates. On the other hand, with the defense that UCF will bring to the court on Sunday afternoon, one has to conclude that the under is the logical play in this contest. In fact, the under has been the result in four of the last six games for Central Florida as I certainly see these trends continuing when all is said and done in this all important AAC contest this weekend amongst two teams that will be desperate for a win.
Betting trends for East Carolina Pirates:
- The Pirates are 5-2 against the spread in last 7 games
- The under is 5-1 in Pirates last six games
Betting trends for UCF Knights:
- The Knights are 6-3-1 against the spread in last 10 games
- The Knight’s our 4-2-1 unless 7 home games