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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Tigers over Pirates

East Carolina PiratesMemphis Tigers
Jan 9, 8:00 PM | FedExForum

East Carolina Pirates vs Memphis Tigers Odds


The Memphis Tigers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the East Carolina Pirates at FedExForum on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Tigers sit at 10-3 (4-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Pirates are currently 9-4 (2-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Memphis is 7-0-1 OU, and East Carolina is 3-0 OU.

View East Carolina vs Memphis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Memphis opened as 14.5-point favorites 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.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 136 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate No. 71 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 83-81 victory for the Pirates.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 55-ranked offense, averaging 74.8 PPG, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 210 at 68 PPG. The Tigers field goal percentage has averaged 47.8% so far, more than the Pirates marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, East Carolina owns the country's No. 299-rated mark, allowing 77.5 points per game on the highway. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 115 in scoring at home.

East Carolina was a 91-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against NC Wesleyan. The battle between the Pirates and Battling Bishops didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as NC Wesleyan was handed a 91-60 defeat on Saturday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Last time out for Memphis, they were an 85-80 winner as they battled Tennessee on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Tigers grabbed an 85-80 win over the Volunteers on Friday, behind a 20-point effort from Joe Jackson at Thompson-Boling Arena.

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Central Florida are 1-9
After playing NC Wesleyan are 0-1
After a win are 5-5

Memphis Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 10-0
Before playing UAB are 9-1
After playing Tennessee are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Pirates at Tigers trends to consider:
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
East Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against East Carolina
Memphis is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing East Carolina
Memphis is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing East Carolina

Next up:
East Carolina home to Central Florida, Saturday, January 12
Memphis at UAB, Saturday, January 12