Houston vs East Carolina Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/29/2020
Game: Houston Cougars vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Location: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: East Carolina +13.5
The Houston Cougars head to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum to take on the East Carolina Pirates on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The opening line for this game has Houston as 13.5 point favorites.
Houston comes into this game with an overall record of 16-4. They currently have a point differential of 10.6 as they are averaging 74.4 points per game while giving up 63.8 per contest. East Carolina has an overall mark of 9-11. They are averaging 69.4 points per contest and giving up 71.4, which is a point differential of -2.0.
Valuable Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 12-8-0 against the spread this season
The Houston Cougars are 10-10-0 against the over/under this year
Important East Carolina Pirates Betting Trends
The East Carolina Pirates are 9-11-0 against the spread this season
The East Carolina Pirates are 11-9-0 against the over/under this year
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
11/16/19 F J'Wan Roberts Hand is out for season
Key East Carolina Pirates Injuries
01/24/20 C Edra Luster Knee is out indefinitely
Caleb Mills comes into this game averaging 12.9 points per contest while playing 22.0 minutes per night this year. He grabs 2.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 56% while his free throw percentage is 76%. Quentin Grimes averages 12.3 points per contest in 29.0 minutes per game. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 65%.
Jayden Gardner scores 20.9 points per contest while playing 33.1 minutes per game. He hauls in 9.3 rebounds per contest and has 2.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is at 75%. Brandon Suggs averages 9.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 23.1 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.7 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston averages 74.4 points per contest, which is 109th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 10.6 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 204th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 158th in the nation. They average 42.6 boards per contest and 13.4 assists per game, which ranks them 3rd and 173rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 279th with 12.2 per game. The Cougars allow 63.8 points per contest, which is 51st in the NCAA. They also surrender a 38% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 108th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 31.9 rebounds a game which ranks 40th, and they allow 11.9 assists per game which puts them in 135th place in the country. They force 12.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 53rd in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
East Carolina is 244th in the nation with 69.4 points per contest this season. They are 259th in the country in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is -2.0. They shoot 29% from beyond the arc, which is good for 328th in the NCAA. They are 182nd in D-1 in rebounding with 35.7 boards per contest and 117th in assists per game with 14.1. The Pirates are 117th in turnovers per contest with 14.0. The Pirates give up 71.4 points per game, which ranks them 233rd in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 176th and 222nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 217th with 13.1 dimes allowed per game and 134th with 34.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Pirates are 133rd in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.1 per contest this year.
The Cougars have an offensive rating of 109.5, which is ranked 30th. They are 269th in college basketball in pace with 67.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 225th. As a unit they are 194th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shot attempts, ranking 276th in D-1. Houston is 307th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions.
East Carolina is 133rd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.2 times per 100 possessions. The Pirates have an offensive rating of 97.3, which is ranked 271st. They are 103rd in D-1 in pace with 71.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 294th. As a unit they are 258th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 250th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Houston/East Carolina college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Houston -13.5
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