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Gardner-Webb BulldogsEast Carolina Pirates
Dec 18, 7:00 PM | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum

Gardner-Webb Bulldogs vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

7-5TEAM RECORD6-2

The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs 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 Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 3-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Pirates are 2-3 ATS. Gardner-Webb is 0-1 on the totals; East Carolina is 2-0.

View Gardner-Webb vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 34-ranked Pirates and the No. 56-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 81-73 win for the Pirates on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 146 in NCAA hoops at 36.2 per game. Contrast that with East Carolina’s No. 49 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, East Carolina is the No. 59-ranked team in the country at 7.8 per game, while Gardner-Webb rates No. 291 at 4.7 per game.

Defensively, Gardner-Webb features the nation's No. 60-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.4 points per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.

Gardner-Webb won its last outing, a 71-58 result against The Citadel on December 15. The Bulldogs got a terrific 27-point effort from Donta Harper as Gardner-Webb defeated The Citadel 71-58 on Saturday at Paul Porter Arena.

East Carolina was a 93-87 loser in their most recent outing on the road against North Carolina. They covered the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. The Pirates got 17 points from Akeem Richmond, but it was North Carolina that prevailed in a 93-87 final on Saturday at Dean Smith Center.

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Massachusetts are 0-1
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulldogs at Pirates trends to consider:
East Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
East Carolina is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Gardner-Webb home to Spalding, Saturday, December 22
East Carolina at Massachusetts, Saturday, December 22

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