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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane make the trip to face the East Carolina Pirates in an American Athletic Conference match-up on Wednesday evening. Both teams come into this game on the back of a tight win in their previous game.
Tulsa stave off Houston for second conference winForm
The Golden Hurricane have won two of their last three games, all-conference match-ups. However, this run of form was preceded by a streak of three successive losses heading into conference play. Overall, Tulsa is 10-6 for the season.
The Golden Hurricane beat the Houston Cougars 63-61 in their previous game. Darien Jackson scored 19 points. Jeriah Horne scored 10 points for Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane managed to score the last seven points of the game, but it wasn't enough.
Tulsa have been steady on both ends of the floor. Offensively, they score an average of 70.9 points per game, 225th nationally. Defensively, they manage to limit opponents to just 66.7 points every game.
East Carolina stun SMUForm
The Pirates pulled off a stunning upset, beating SMU 71-68 in their previous game, their second conference win on the bounce. East Carolina has won six of their previous seven games to move to 8-8 for the season after a sub-par start.
Tristen Newton hit the game-winner with time running out for the Pirates. Jayden Gardner managed 20 points for East Carolina. It was their sixth straight win at home. SMU had taken a 38-27 lead at halftime.
The Pirates are currently scoring as many as they concede. They score an average of 71 points per game and allow 70.9 a game. That isn't bad at all, but they would need to improve on one of their stats.
Trends as seen on covers.com are: East Carolina Pirates are:
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The fairytale run for the Pirates might have lasted a game too long. They did incredibly well to beat SMU, but form and skill might catch up to them when they face Tulsa, who has been consistent and steady on both ends of the court. I'd take Tulsa to cover because they've been steady from the outset.
Prediction: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -3
Full-Game Total Pick
There is a fair chance that teams will have to score around 140 together. Both these teams average about the same in terms of offense and defense (around 70-71 points per game in both stats). Hence, there is a higher chance that the same possessions will occur. If either team is slightly more efficient, the total heads over.
Prediction: Over 138