SMU Mustangs vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 2/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: SMU (-5.5)
The East Carolina Pirates (8-7) play the SMU Mustangs (10-4) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Monday. The spread on this matchup has SMU as 5.5-point favorites. The total is set at 140.
SMU steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 10-4 for the year. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.7 fouls per game. As a unit, SMU is grabbing 37.2 boards per contest and has 218 assists on the campaign, which is 163rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Mustangs are connecting on 35.1% on three-point shots (106 of 302) and 72.1% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.5 pts per contest (112th in D-1) while shooting 45.9% from the floor. Defensively, the Mustangs are forcing 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 fouls. They are 138th in the country in giving up assists with 188 surrendered for the year. The Mustangs are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.1% (326 of 812) and they concede 34.8 boards per game as a team. They are relinquishing 34.4% on three-point shots and they are ranked 103rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.4).
The SMU Mustangs took the court against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and took home the win by a score of 65-63 in their last contest. SMU finished the contest having earned a 48.1% field goal percentage (25 out of 52) and converted 8 out of their 21 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Mustangs made 7 of 15 tries for a rate of 46.7%. With regard to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 36 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 dimes in this game while earning 4 steals and 4 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, SMU allowed 48.1% from the floor on 25 of 52 shooting. Tulsa distributed 11 assists and had 12 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Golden Hurricane grabbed 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Tulsa finished the game at 68.4% at the free throw line by converting 13 of their 19 attempts. They buried 4 of their 18 tries from 3-point range.
Kendric Davis is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He played 38 mins played and also grabbed 4 boards. Davis walked away from this one shooting 55.6% from the floor and also recorded 10 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the game for the Mustangs was Feron Hunt. He collected 12 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He shot 80.0% from the field in the game by shooting 4-of-5 (10 points). When the game finished, Hunt played 31 minutes.
East Carolina has a win-loss record of 8-7 for the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pirates are hitting on 42.5% from the floor, which is ranked 262nd in college basketball. East Carolina has earned 1,022 points so far this season (68.1 per contest) and they pull in 34.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 16.4 times per contest (32nd in D-1) and they are turning it over 13.1 times per contest. The Pirates commit 17.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 71.7% from the free throw line. The Pirates on the defensive side of the court are 87th in the country in points given up per game with 66.8. They give up 12.2 dimes and 35.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 122nd and 194th in D-1. The East Carolina defense allows 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (111 of 343) and their opponents are knocking down 69.5% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 14.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.5% from the floor (92nd in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the East Carolina Pirates took a defeat with a final score of 66-59 when they faced the Memphis Tigers. The Pirates recorded 19 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 24 for the contest. They also blocked 2 tries while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Tigers were called for 22 fouls in this contest which got the Pirates to the free throw line for 24 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 75.0%. When discussing three-point attempts, East Carolina converted 1 out of 13 attempts (7.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Pirates finished the game shooting 20 out of 47 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.6%. The Pirates permitted the Tigers to knock down 20 out of their 52 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 38.5% in the game. They finished 36.4% from 3-point land by hitting 8 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 29 from the free throw line (62.1%). In relation to rebounds, East Carolina allowed Memphis to pull down 33 in total (11 offensive).
Jayden Gardner ended up being a factor for the Pirates for the contest. He made 8 of 13 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which earned him 23 points. Gardner pulled down 9 rebounds in his 38 mins and had 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that played a role for East Carolina was J.J. Miles. He ended up scoring 8 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood via 3 of 9 shooting in the matchup. Miles walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 2 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take SMU (-5.5) and under 140 points
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