UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 12/7/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Location: Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: UNC Wilmington (+9.5)
The East Carolina Pirates (2-0) play the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (2-1) at Minges Coliseum on Monday. The line on this game has East Carolina as 9.5-point favorites. The total opens at 139.
UNC Wilmington will take the court with a mark of 2-1 on the year. The Seahawks are shooting 40.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (24 of 60) and 72.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 75.0 points per outing (139th in Division 1) while hitting 43.5% from the field. They cough up possession 10.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, UNC Wilmington is grabbing 30.3 boards per game and has 27 assists on the season, which has them ranked 204th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Seahawks have forced 13.3 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Seahawks defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.8% (81 of 181) and they relinquish 34.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are 162nd in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 37 relinquished for the season. They give up 30.9% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 170th in the nation in PPG from their opponents (72.0).
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks stepped onto the hardwood against the Troy Trojans and went home with a win by a final score of 73-50 in their last game. UNC Wilmington wrapped up the contest with a 46.6% FG percentage (27 of 58) and buried 12 of their 23 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Seahawks made 7 of their 10 attempts for a rate of 70.0%. In reference to hauling in boards, they earned 33 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 12 assists for the contest in addition to earning 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. In relation to defending, UNC Wilmington allowed 46.6% from the field on 27 of 58. Troy distributed 6 assists and 2 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Trojans pulled down 35 rebounds (14 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Troy ended up shooting 68.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 19 shots. They also converted 5 of 18 tries from distance.
Jaylen Sims is a player who saw a lot of court time for the matchup. He finished with 29 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and collected 9 rebounds. Sims finished 71.4% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Seahawks was Ty Gadsden. He grabbed 5 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field for this contest by shooting 6-of-12 (18 points). In all, Gadsden saw the court for 37 minutes.
East Carolina has a win-loss record of 2-0 for the season. East Carolina has accounted for 157 pts on the campaign (78.5 per contest) and they collect 33.5 boards per game. The Pirates have committed 13.0 fouls every game and they connect on 68.8% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Pirates are connecting on 50.4% from the field, which has them ranked 102nd in D-1. Their rate of earning assists is at 19.0 times per game (32nd in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 9.5 times per contest. The Pirates on defense are ranked 41st in the nation in points allowed per game with 59.5. They have forced 16.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the floor (172nd in college basketball). The East Carolina defense concedes 31.3% on three-point shots (10 of 32) and their opposition makes 72.4% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 11.0 dimes and 30.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 86th and 40th in Division 1.
The last time they took the court, the East Carolina Pirates walked away with a victory by a final of 91-62 when they played the North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops. The Pirates were able to snag 19 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the contest. They also blocked 3 tries while getting 11 steals for this contest. The Battling Bishops committed 18 fouls for the matchup which got the Pirates to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to make 14 of those for a percentage of 63.6%. Pertaining to shots from distance, East Carolina made 9 out of 23 tries (39.1%). When the game finished, the Pirates ended up going 34 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.5%. The Pirates allowed the Battling Bishops to make 24 out of 49 tries from the field which had them shooting 49.0% in this matchup. They finished 38.5% from beyond the arc by going 5 of 13 and finished the game at 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). In the matter of rebounding, East Carolina allowed North Carolina Wesleyan to get 25 in all (4 offensive).
Tristen Newton ended up playing a lot for the Pirates in this contest. He converted 3 out of 10 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 30.0%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Newton pulled down 8 rebounds in his 33 mins played and accounted for 7 assists in this contest. One more player that ended up coming through for East Carolina was Jayden Gardner. He finished with 27 points in 28 minutes on the court by way of 11 out of 12 shooting for this contest. Gardner ended the game having shot 91.7% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take East Carolina (-9.5)
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