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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Green Wave underdogs vs Pirates at East Carolina

Tulane Green WaveEast Carolina Pirates
10-9January 23, 2014, 07:00 | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum11-7

The visiting Tulane Green Wave hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum against the East Carolina Pirates.

The Pirates sport a record of 11-7 and 3-7-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Green Wave have 10-9 and 6-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-5 for the Pirates and 3-10 for the Green Wave.

View Tulane Green Wave vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Pirates installed as -10-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Pirates - Green Wave odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. East Carolina is rated No. 97 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tulane is at No. 313.

Tulane was a 58-41 winner in their most recent outing at home against Rice. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Jay Hook scored 17 points leading the Green Wave to a 58-41 victory over Rice at Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Last time out for East Carolina, they were a 68-64 loser as they battled Florida International on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog. Paris Roberts-Campbell scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Pirates to a win (they lost 68-64 to Florida International at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature East Carolina's No. 82-rated squad against Tulane's No. 189-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, East Carolina rates No. 13 in the country with 8.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 191 nationally with 5.37 per match.

A few Green Wave at Pirates trends to consider:
Tulane is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Tulane is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulane's last 5 games on the road
Tulane is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing East Carolina
East Carolina is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
East Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
East Carolina is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
East Carolina is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Tulane

Next up:
Tulane at Old Dominion, Saturday, January 25th
East Carolina at Southern Miss, Saturday, January 25th