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East Carolina Pirates visit Tulsa Golden Hurricane in college basketball clash

East Carolina PiratesTulsa Golden Hurricane
13-11February 13, 2014, 08:05 | Reynolds Center10-12

Reynolds Center will host Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. East Carolina Pirates action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Golden Hurricane bring a 10-12 record (12-7 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-11 Pirates, who are 5-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Tulsa go 8-11 so far and the Pirates go 6-10.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds and Stats.

The Golden Hurricane were listed as -11.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Golden Hurricane - Pirates odds would favor the Golden Hurricane if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tulsa is rated No. 25 in the current Odds Shark poll, while East Carolina is at No. 210.

East Carolina was an 81-71 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas-San Antonio. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Akeem Richmond poured in a team-high 31 points for East Carolina on Saturday, as they defeated Texas-San Antonio 81-71 at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

In their last action, Tulsa was a 66-56 winner on the road against Rice. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Tulsa got 18 points from Rashad Smith en route to a 66-56 victory over Rice on Saturday at Autry Court.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulsa's No. 106 nationally ranked offense (73.09 points per game) against a Pirates defense that sits as the No. 188 at 72.21 PPG. The Golden Hurricane have been averaging 43.65% from the field, less than the Pirates have managed so far this season (44.98% on average).

A few Pirates at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
East Carolina is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
East Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
East Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tulsa
Tulsa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Tulsa is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tulsa's last 6 games
Tulsa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at North Texas, Saturday, February 15th
Tulsa at Old Dominion, Saturday, February 15th