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College baskeball point spread favors Pirates in battle with Cougars

Houston CougarsEast Carolina Pirates
Jan 16, 7:00 PM | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum

Houston Cougars vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

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The Houston Cougars will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Pirates in East Carolina at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday in college basketball action.

East Carolina battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 12-3 mark (4-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-1 for the Pirates and 3-3 for the Cougars.

View Houston vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cougars were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 132-rated Houston taking on the No. 70-rated Pirates in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 84-82 win for the Cougars on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 17 in NCAA Division 1 with 40.9 per game. That compares with East Carolina’s No. 88 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where East Carolina is college basketball's No. 48-ranked team at 7.7 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 122 with 6.6 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Houston owns the country's No. 183-rated mark, allowing 70.4 points per game on the highway. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in scoring at home.

Houston lost its last outing, a 73-54 result against Southern Miss on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. The Cougars endured a 73-54 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from Joseph Young at Reed Green Coliseum.

East Carolina was an 88-85 winner in their most recent outing at home against Central Florida. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. East Carolina got 16 points from Miguel Paul en route to an 88-85 victory over Central Florida on Saturday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Central Florida are 3-7
After playing Southern Miss are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Marshall are 4-6
After playing Central Florida are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Cougars at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against East Carolina
Houston is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games on the road
East Carolina is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina's last 7 games when playing Houston
East Carolina is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston home to Central Florida, Saturday, January 19
East Carolina at Marshall, Saturday, January 19