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East Carolina Pirates vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Preview

Southern Miss Golden EaglesEast Carolina Pirates
17-3January 25, 2014, 07:00 | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum11-8

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between East Carolina and Southern Miss on Saturday, with the host Pirates trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Golden Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 12-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Pirates are 3-8-1 ATS. Southern Miss is 9-7 on the totals; East Carolina is 5-6.

View Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

East Carolina opened as 9-point underdogs 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 Pirates sit at No. 97 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Golden Eagles sit at No. 14 on the same chart.

Last time out for Southern Miss, they were a 75-60 winner as they battled Old Dominion on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Neil Watson scored 28 points for Southern Miss on Thursday, leading the Golden Eagles to a 75-60 win over Old Dominion at Ted Constant Center.

Last time out for East Carolina, they were a 59-54 loser as they battled Tulane at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. East Carolina suffered a 59-54 loss against Tulane on Thursday, getting 14 points from Caleb White in a losing effort at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features East Carolina's No. 23-ranked scoring average of 80.11 PPG, against a Golden Eagles defense rated No. 26 and allowing 63.2 PPG. The Pirates FG% has averaged 46% to date this season, less than the Golden Eagles shooters have managed so far (46.6% per game).

A few Golden Eagles at Pirates trends to consider:
Southern Miss is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Southern Miss is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 5 games
Southern Miss is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
East Carolina is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
East Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
East Carolina is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home
East Carolina is 3-12-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Southern Miss

Next up:
Southern Miss home to Tulane, Saturday, February 1st
East Carolina at Middle Tennessee, Thursday, January 30th