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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Thundering Herd over Pirates

East Carolina PiratesMarshall Thundering Herd
16-13March 02, 2014, 02:00 | Cam Henderson Center9-20

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Marshall vs East Carolina battle Sunday at Cam Henderson Center as the Thundering Herd look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Pirates will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 9-12-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Thundering Herd are 9-14 ATS. East Carolina is 7-15 against the total, while Marshall is 9-14 versus the number.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting East Carolina before tip-off in this one found them as 4-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thundering Herd at No. 260 and the Pirates at No. 181 heading into this contest.

In their last action, East Carolina was a 75-68 winner at home against Charlotte. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. East Carolina got 27 points from Akeem Richmond en route to a 75-68 victory over Charlotte on Thursday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Marshall was a 70-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Old Dominion. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Kareem Canty scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Thundering Herd to a win (they lost 70-63 to Old Dominion at Ted Constant Center on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Marshall has the nation's No. 82-rated offensive output, at 73.45 PPG. The visiting Pirates defense ranks No. 157 allowing on average 70.79 PPG. The Thundering Herd FG% has averaged 43.83% so far, less than the Pirates marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.61% per game.

A few Pirates at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
East Carolina is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
East Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of East Carolina's last 8 games
East Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Marshall is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Marshall's last 7 games
Marshall is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Marshall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at Old Dominion, Thursday, March 6th
Marshall at Charlotte, Thursday, March 6th