Memphis Tigers vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 1/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: Williams Arena in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-16)
The East Carolina Pirates (7-3) host the Memphis Tigers (7-5) at Williams Arena on Sunday. East Carolina opens this game as 16-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 128.5.
Memphis heads into this contest with a record of 7-5 on the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.6 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 20.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Memphis is pulling down 41.4 rebounds per game and has tallied 190 dimes on the campaign, which is 104th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Tigers are hitting 32.4% from downtown (81 of 250) and 62.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 70.8 points per game (208th in the nation) while hitting 42.1% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Tigers are able to force 16.0 turnovers every game while drawing 16.6 personal fouls. The Tigers are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 38.5% (256 of 665) and they relinquish 34.3 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 87th in college hoops in giving up assists with 126 surrendered on the campaign. They give up 28.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 32nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (62.6).
The Memphis Tigers faced the Wichita State Shockers and earned the victory with a final of 72-52 in their last contest. Memphis finished with a 45.9% field goal percentage (28 of 61) and made 11 of their 18 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Tigers buried 5 of 6 shots for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 43 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 22 dimes in this game as well as earning 3 steals and 7 blocks. Concerning the defense, Memphis let their opponent shoot 45.9% from the floor on 28 out of 61 shooting. Wichita State totaled 8 dimes and had 5 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Shockers had 34 rebounds (11 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Wichita State finished the game at 55.6% at the charity stripe by burying 10 of their 18 attempts. They also made 2 out of their 23 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Landers Nolley is one guy who was a contributor in this matchup. He racked up 16 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 25 mins and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Nolley ended up going 55.6% from the field and also dished out 3 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Tigers was Moussa Cisse. He pulled down 10 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-9 (12 points). Overall, Cisse played for 23 min.
East Carolina has a win-loss mark of 7-3 on the campaign. East Carolina has accounted for 696 points for the year (69.6 per contest) and they average 35.7 rebounds per game. The Pirates have committed 16.5 fouls every game and they shoot 73.7% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Pirates are shooting 43.3% from the floor, which is 229th in the nation. They are getting an assist 16.6 times per game (42nd in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. The Pirates defensively are ranked 39th in D-1 in points given up per game with 63.5. They concede 11.1 dimes and 34.5 total boards per game, which has them ranked 57th and 147th in college hoops. The East Carolina defense allows 29.4% on 3-point shots (67 of 228) and opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 15.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (56th in Division 1).
When they last played, the East Carolina Pirates took a loss by a final score of 69-63 when they played the USF Bulls. The Pirates pulled down 23 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 30 in this matchup. They rejected 4 tries while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Bulls committed 20 personal fouls in the game which took the Pirates to the charity stripe for 25 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of those for a clip of 68.0%. In reference to 3-point shots, East Carolina made 4 of 20 attempts (20.0%). When all was said and done, the Pirates finished 21 for 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.9%. The Pirates allowed the Bulls to knock down 23 of 55 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 41.8% in this contest. They shot 36.4% from three-point range by going 8 of 22 and finished the game at 15 out of 27 from the free throw line (55.6%). When talking about rebounds, East Carolina permitted South Florida to snag 40 in total (12 on the offensive glass).
Tremont Robinson-White ended up having an impact for the Pirates in the matchup. He converted 9 out of 14 in this matchup giving him a rate of 64.3%, which had him finishing with 29 points. Robinson-White totaled 2 rebounds in his 35 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for the game. Someone else who came through for East Carolina was Jayden Gardner. He scored 10 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 3 of 9 shooting for the contest. Gardner wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the floor while also collecting 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (-16)
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