East Carolina Pirates vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: East Carolina Pirates vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: East Carolina (+12)
FedExForum is the venue where and the Memphis Tigers (11-6) will take on the East Carolina Pirates (8-6) on Saturday. Memphis opens this contest as 12-point favorites. The O/U opens at 134.5.
East Carolina steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 8-6 on the season. They are turning it over 12.9 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.1 fouls every game. As a unit, East Carolina is snagging 35.1 rebounds per game and has totaled 231 assists on the year, which ranks 106th in the nation in terms of passing. The Pirates are shooting 33.1% on shots from 3-point land (91 of 275) and 71.4% from the charity stripe. They average 68.8 points per contest (244th in college hoops) while hitting 42.5% from the field. On the defensive end, the Pirates are able to force 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.0 fouls. They are ranked 110th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 169 conceded so far this year. The Pirates defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.8% (314 of 752) and they relinquish 35.3 boards per contest as a team. They surrender 32.1% on three-point shots and they rank 87th in D-1 in PPG allowed (66.9).
The East Carolina Pirates took the court against the Houston Cougars and walked away with a win by a score of 82-73 in their last game. East Carolina ended with a 47.4% field goal percentage (27 of 57) and made 11 out of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pirates buried 17 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 20 assists for the contest as well as having 8 steals and 2 blocks. In the matter of the defense, East Carolina allowed 47.4% from the field on 27 out of 57 shooting. Houston earned 13 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. On top of that, the Cougars collected 35 boards (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Houston finished the game shooting 78.3% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of their 23 shots. They knocked down 9 of 29 shots from 3-point range.
Jayden Gardner is someone who was a major factor for this contest. He walked away with 21 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also grabbed 15 rebounds. Gardner went 46.2% from the field and recorded 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Pirates was Tremont Robinson-White. He collected 4 boards and also had 2 dimes. He finished 62.5% from the field in the matchup by going 5-of-8 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Robinson-White was on the hardwood for 33 min.
Memphis has a win-loss mark of 11-6 so far this season. Memphis has totaled 1,242 points on the campaign (73.1 per game) and they grab 39.5 rebounds per game. The Tigers commit 19.1 personal fouls every game and they go 62.2% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Tigers are connecting on 44.6% from the field, which is 161st in the nation. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 16.2 times per contest (43rd in college basketball) and they turn it over 16.0 times per game. The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 32nd in the country in points given up per game with 63.1. They have allowed 11.4 dimes and 33.5 total boards per game, which has them ranked 71st and 109th in those categories on the defensive end. The Memphis defense surrenders 28.0% on shots from distance (104 of 371) and opponents are knocking down 68.2% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 16.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.0% from the field (16th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Memphis Tigers got the win with a final of 75-61 when they faced the UCF Knights. The Tigers earned 22 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the matchup. They turned away 4 attempts while recording 13 steals in the game. The Knights committed 19 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for 22 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 72.7%. In terms of three-point shots, Memphis knocked down 3 out of their 13 tries (23.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Tigers went 28 for 55 from the floor which had them at 50.9%. The Tigers permitted the Knights to knock down 24 out of their 57 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 42.1% for the game. They finished 17.4% from distance by going 4 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 11 from the free throw line (81.8%). Concerning rebounding, Memphis allowed UCF to grab 27 in total (10 offensive).
Landers Nolley ended up being a major contributor for the Tigers in this contest. He made 6 of 12 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Nolley had 10 rebounds in his 30 mins and had 2 dimes for this game. An additional guy that played a role for Memphis was Moussa Cisse. He was able to score 9 points in 19 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 of 5 from the floor for the contest. Cisse ended up shooting 80.0% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take East Carolina (+12)
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