Cincinnati Bearcats vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 3/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (-2)
The East Carolina Pirates (8-9) play the Cincinnati Bearcats (9-10) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Sunday. East Carolina opens this contest as 2-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 139.
Cincinnati comes into this one with a record of 9-10 so far this year. The Bearcats are connecting on 30.5% on shots from downtown (130 of 426) and 65.7% from the free throw line. They average 69.2 points per game (238th in college hoops) while going 42.9% from the field. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cincinnati is pulling in 35.6 boards per contest and has accounted for 281 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 200th in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Bearcats are able to force 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.6 fouls. The Bearcats defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 44.1% (467 of 1,060) and they concede 34.3 boards per game as a squad. They rank 114th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 251 surrendered this season. They are giving up 32.9% from beyond the arc and they are 230th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (72.1).
The Cincinnati Bearcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Vanderbilt Commodores and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 78-64 in their last contest. Cincinnati ended the contest with a 43.4% FG percentage (23 of 53) and buried 9 of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Bearcats buried 9 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 21 with 4 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 assists for this contest in addition to forcing 16 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In reference to defense, Cincinnati allowed their opponent to shoot 51.0% from the floor on 26 out of 51 shooting. Vanderbilt recorded 10 dimes and had 9 steals for the game. On top of that, Vanderbilt collected 32 rebounds (7 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Vanderbilt went 78.3% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of their 23 shots. They made 8 out of their 21 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Keith Williams is one player who was a contributor for this game. He racked up 20 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He played 29 mins played and also snagged 2 boards. Williams walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 1 assist. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Bearcats was Mika Adams-Woods. He wasn't able to grab a board in his 40 minutes on the hardwood. He shot 66.7% from the field for the contest via 6-of-9 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Adams-Woods had 2 assists.
East Carolina has a record of 8-9 for the campaign. East Carolina has totaled 1,138 pts so far this season (66.9 per contest) and they average 34.6 boards per contest. The Pirates are committing 17.1 fouls per contest while shooting 72.0% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Pirates are shooting 41.4% from the field, which has them ranked 303rd in the nation. They are dishing out assists 15.8 times per game (46th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. The Pirates on defense are ranked 84th in college basketball in points given up per game with 66.9. They are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (96th in Division 1). The East Carolina defense concedes 31.5% on 3-pointers (123 of 390) and their opponents are knocking down 71.1% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 12.4 assists and 35.5 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 127th and 209th in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the court, the East Carolina Pirates took a defeat with a final score of 64-60 when they faced the UCF Knights. The Pirates snagged 26 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for this contest. They turned it over 14 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Knights earned 14 fouls for this game which got the Pirates to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to bury 14 of them for a percentage of 77.8%. Regarding shots from downtown, East Carolina converted 8 out of 22 tries (36.4%). When the game finished, the Pirates ended up shooting 19 out of 55 from the field which had them sitting at 34.5%. The Pirates allowed the Knights to convert 25 out of 58 tries from the field which had them shooting 43.1% for the contest. They went 32.0% from beyond the arc via 8 out of 25 and finished the contest at 6 out of 8 from the free throw line (75.0%). When talking about rebounds, East Carolina allowed UCF to grab 34 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Jayden Gardner was important for the Pirates for the game. He knocked down 5 of 12 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Gardner tallied 18 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 2 assists for this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for East Carolina was Tristen Newton. He wrapped the game up with 5 assists in his 33 mins on the court, and he converted 6 out of 10 from the floor. Newton ended up shooting 60.0% from the field as well as collecting 18 points and 4 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take East Carolina (+2) and over 139 points
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