Central Florida Knights visit East Carolina Pirates in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Central Florida Knights vs East Carolina Pirates Odds
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host East Carolina Pirates and the visiting Central Florida Knights in college hoops action on Saturday.
The Pirates sport records of 9-5 and 3-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Knights have 11-4 and 5-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-1 for the Pirates and 0-4 for the Knights.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Pirates as 1.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 71 and the Knights at No. 161 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-77 result in favor of the Pirates.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits East Carolina's No. 34-ranked offense, averaging 77.4 PPG, against a Knights defense that ranks No. 93 at 62.6 PPG. The Pirates field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, less than the Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Central Florida owns the country's No. 146-rated mark, allowing 68.7 points per game on the highway. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 34 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 64-48 winner as they battled UAB at home. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite. The Knights grabbed a 64-48 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, behind a 14-point effort from Calvin Newell at UCF Arena.
East Carolina was a 67-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Memphis. They covered the 15-point spread as underdogs. Maurice Kemp scored 11 points in a futile effort to lead the Pirates to a win (they lost 67-54 to Memphis at FedExForum on Wednesday).
Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing UAB are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Houston are 2-8
After playing Memphis are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
A few Knights at Pirates trends to consider:
Central Florida is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against East Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Florida's last 6 games when playing on the road against East Carolina
Central Florida is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Central Florida is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
East Carolina is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
East Carolina is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
East Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Central Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against Central Florida
Central Florida at Houston, Saturday, January 19
East Carolina home to Houston, Wednesday, January 16