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College basketball point spread favors in battle with

East Carolina PiratesFlorida Atlantic Owls
11-5January 16, 2014, 07:00 | FAU Arena5-11

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for East Carolina when they take on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

The Owls are 5-11 so far on the season, and 5-5-1 ATS vs. the number. The Pirates, meanwhile, are 11-5 and 3-5-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Florida Atlantic go 5-5-1 and the Pirates go 5-3 on the totals.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds and Stats.

Florida Atlantic opened as 0-point in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 78-rated East Carolina taking on the No. 279-rated Owls in this contest.

Last time out for East Carolina, they were an 81-70 loser as they battled Old Dominion at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. Paris Roberts-Campbell scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Pirates to a win (they lost 81-70 to Old Dominion at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday).

Florida Atlantic was a 73-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Rice. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Florida Atlantic earned a 73-68 victory over Rice on Saturday, getting 20 points from Pablo Bertone at Autry Court.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Pirates is ranked No. 82 in NCAA hoops at 37.38 per game. Contrast that with Florida Atlantic’s No. 36 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Florida Atlantic is the No. 148-ranked team in the country at 5.88 per game, while East Carolina rates No. 10 at 8.88 per game.

A few Pirates at Owls trends to consider:
East Carolina is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
Florida Atlantic is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Florida Atlantic is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at Florida International, Saturday, January 18th
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion, Saturday, January 18th