Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Williams Arena in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Tulsa (-3.5)
The East Carolina Pirates (7-5) play the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-6) at Williams Arena on Saturday. The odds on this game have Tulsa as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 127.5.
Tulsa heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-6 on the year. They turn it over 13.5 times per game and as a group are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Tulsa is pulling in 34.8 boards per game and is sitting with 192 assists for the year, which is 142nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Golden Hurricane are shooting 29.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (89 of 303) and 65.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 67.1 pts per game (275th in Division 1) on 44.3% from the field. Defensively, the Golden Hurricane have forced 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 147th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 163 surrendered on the year. The Golden Hurricane defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 38.7% (305 of 789) and they surrender 37.4 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 31.8% on 3-point shots while they are 40th in college hoops in PPG allowed (63.8).
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane played the Temple Owls and took a loss by a final of 76-67 in their last game. Tulsa walked away from the game having earned a 40.0% FG percentage (22 out of 55) and buried 7 of their 21 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Golden Hurricane buried 16 of 23 tries for a rate of 69.6%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 23 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 13 assists in this game while earning 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defending, Tulsa let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 22 out of 55 shooting. Temple doled out 12 dimes and had 2 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Owls collected 34 boards (3 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Temple shot 73.1% from the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 26 attempts. They also made 7 of their 18 tries from downtown.
Elijah Joiner is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He accumulated 15 points on 3 of 6 shooting. He played for 27 minutes and also grabbed 3 rebounds. Joiner ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Golden Hurricane was Brandon Rachal. He pulled down 2 rebounds and collected 4 assists. He finished shooting 30.8% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-13 (12 points). When this game wrapped up, Rachal played for 37 minutes.
East Carolina has a win-loss record of 7-5 this season. East Carolina has tallied 813 pts this year (67.8 per game) and they average 35.6 rebounds per contest. The Pirates are committing 16.4 personal fouls every game and they go 71.4% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pirates are connecting on 42.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 275th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 15.8 times per contest (58th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.3 times per game. The Pirates are ranked 66th in college hoops in points given up per game with 65.5. They have given up 11.9 dimes and 35.3 rebounds every game, ranking them 106th and 184th in those defensive categories. The East Carolina defense gives up 31.9% on three-point shots (88 of 276) and opponents are knocking down 69.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 15.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.4% from the field (95th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the East Carolina Pirates took a loss by a final score of 71-64 when they faced the UCF Knights. The Pirates snagged 20 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 31 for this contest. They turned away 3 shots while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Knights had 15 fouls for the matchup which got the Pirates to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 8 of the free throws for a rate of 47.1%. In relation to three-point shots, East Carolina made 4 of 20 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Pirates finished the game shooting 26 out of 60 from the floor which had them shooting 43.3%. The Pirates permitted the Knights to bury 23 of their 51 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.1% in the matchup. They shot 43.5% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 10 of 23 and ended up shooting 15 out of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). When talking about cleaning the glass, East Carolina permitted UCF to snag 30 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Jayden Gardner ended up having an impact for the Pirates in this contest. He made 10 out of 18 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 55.6%, which got him 23 points. Gardner snagged 10 boards in his 39 mins and added 2 assists in this game. Someone else who came through for East Carolina was Tremont Robinson-White. He was able to score 18 points in his 29 minutes on the court by way of 7 out of 13 shooting in this contest. Robinson-White ended the game having shot 53.8% from the floor while also collecting 3 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tulsa (-3.5)
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