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NCAAB Game Preview - Pirates underdogs vs Knights at East Carolina

Central Florida KnightsEast Carolina Pirates
March 9, 1:00 PM | Haskins Center

Central Florida Knights vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

19-10TEAM RECORD16-14

The Pirates will try to cover the spread at Haskins Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Central Florida Knights in college basketball action.

It's a game in the Conference USA Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. Haskins Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

Supporters of the Knights have watched them go 19-10 and 8-12-1 ATS on the year, while the Pirates are at 16-14 and 9-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Pirates are 12-10, while the Knights have a 8-13 mark.

View Central Florida vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Pirates as 4-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 154 and the Knights at No. 53 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-68 result in favor of the Knights.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits East Carolina's No. 189-ranked offense, averaging 68.2 PPG, against a Knights defense that ranks No. 45 at 62.6 PPG. The Pirates field goal percentage has averaged 43% so far, less than the Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, Central Florida features the nation's No. 175-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 141 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were an 83-69 loser as they battled Marshall on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Central Florida got 27 points from Marcus Jordan on the way to an 83-69 loss against Marshall on Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

East Carolina was a 66-48 loser in its last match on the road against UAB. They failed to cover the 11–point spread as underdogs. East Carolina got 13 points from Darrius Morrow but lost anyway, 66-48, to UAB on Saturday at Bartow Arena.

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing Marshall are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing UAB are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

A few Knights at Pirates trends to consider:
East Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Central Florida
East Carolina is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Central Florida