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North Texas Mean Green vs East Carolina Pirates Preview

East Carolina PiratesNorth Texas Mean Green
13-12February 15, 2014, 08:00 | The Super Pit11-13

East Carolina pays a visit to North Texas on Saturday, hoping to send the Mean Green to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at The Super Pit.

Supporters of the Pirates have watched them go 13-12 and 5-12-1 ATS on the year, while the Mean Green are at 11-13 and 8-9 ATS. In totals betting, the Mean Green are 8-9, while the Pirates have a 6-11 mark.

View East Carolina Pirates vs North Texas Mean Green Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with North Texas in this one found them as -4-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mean Green rated this week at No. 249 and the Pirates sitting at No. 210.

East Carolina lost its last outing, a 76-58 result against Tulsa on February 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point underdog. East Carolina suffered a 76-58 loss against Tulsa on Thursday, getting 17 points from Paris Roberts-Campbell in a losing effort at Reynolds Center.

In their last action, North Texas was a 72-62 loser at home against Old Dominion. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Mean Green got 13 points from Chris Jones, but it was Old Dominion that prevailed in a 72-62 final on Thursday at The Super Pit.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Texas's No. 142 nationally ranked offense (71.46 points per game) against a Pirates defense that sits as the No. 188 at 72.36 PPG. The Mean Green have been averaging 42.62% from the field, less than the Pirates have managed so far this season (44.74% on average).

A few Pirates at Mean Green trends to consider:
East Carolina is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
East Carolina is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
North Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Texas's last 5 games
North Texas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina home to Louisiana Tech, Thursday, February 20th
North Texas at Florida International, Thursday, February 20th