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College Basketball Matchup - Marshall Thundering Herd East Carolina Pirates Odds Preview

East Carolina PiratesMarshall Thundering Herd
Jan 19, 7:00 PM | Cam Henderson Center

East Carolina Pirates vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds

11-5TEAM RECORD8-9

East Carolina pays a visit to Marshall on Saturday, hoping to send the Thundering Herd to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd currently sports a 8-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-10-1 ATS. The Pirates are 11-5 and 5-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thundering Herd produce a 4-5 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Pirates have gone 5-1 against the number.

View East Carolina vs Marshall Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Marshall in this one found them as 3-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thundering Herd - Pirates odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Marshall is rated No. 165 in the current Odds Shark poll, while East Carolina is at No. 70. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-71 win for the Pirates.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Marshall's No. 143-ranked offense, averaging 69.3 PPG, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 243 at 69.6 PPG. The Thundering Herd field goal percentage has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Pirates marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, East Carolina features the nation's No. 279-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.4 points per game. Marshall, meanwhile, comes in at No. 215 nationally in scoring at home.

East Carolina was an 89-78 winner in its last match at home against Houston. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Houston was victimized by Maurice Kemp for 30 points as the Pirates defeated the Cougars 89-78 in college hoops action on Wednesday.

Marshall was a 74-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. Dennis Tinnon scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Thundering Herd to a win (they lost 74-63 to Texas El Paso at Haskins Center on Saturday).

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing UAB are 4-6
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Southern Miss are 5-5
After playing Texas El Paso are 6-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Pirates at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
East Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
East Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Marshall
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marshall's last 5 games when playing East Carolina
Marshall is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against East Carolina
Marshall is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing East Carolina
Marshall is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at UAB, Wednesday, January 23
Marshall at Southern Miss, Wednesday, January 23