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East Carolina Pirates visit Florida International Golden Panthers in college basketball clash

East Carolina PiratesFlorida International Golden Panthers
11-6January 18, 2014, 05:00 | U.S. Century Bank Arena9-9

Florida International will look to improve on its 9-9 record on Saturday when they host East Carolina in NCAA basketball odds action at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The Pirates will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-6-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Panthers are 4-6 ATS. East Carolina is 5-4 on the totals; Florida International is 3-6.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds and Stats.

The Golden Panthers were listed as -1-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 307-ranked Golden Panthers and the No. 78-rated Pirates in this matchup.

East Carolina was a 78-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Pirates endured a 78-67 loss at the hands of the Owls on Thursday, despite a 20-point effort from Akeem Richmond at FAU Arena.

Last time out for Florida International, they were a 52-36 loser as they battled Old Dominion at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog. Tymell Murphy scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Panthers to a win (they lost 52-36 to Old Dominion at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Florida International's No. 50-rated squad against East Carolina's No. 75-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Florida International rates No. 227 in the country with 4.72 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 nationally with 8.82 per match.

A few Pirates at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
East Carolina is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Florida International is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Florida International is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina home to Tulane, Thursday, January 23rd
Florida International at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, January 25th