East Carolina vs Houston Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/10/23

Houston Cougars (29-2) vs East Carolina Pirates (16-16)

Game Info: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -21.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates will play the Houston Cougars in the Quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament on Friday afternoon at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

East Carolina Preview

The East Carolina Pirates are 16-16 (6-12) this season after they defeated South Florida by a score of 73-58 in their last game. East Carolina shot 44.8% from the field and forced 14 turnovers in the win. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 69.4 points per game, 71.3 points against per game, 37 rebounds per game, and 13.2 assists per game. RJ Felton has led the Pirates this season with 13.8 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. ECU is shooting 40.7% from the field, 69% on free throws, and 31.8% on three pointers this year.

Houston Preview

The Houston Cougars are 29-2 (17-1) this season after they defeated Memphis by a score of 67-65 in their last game. Houston shot 46.3% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the win. The Houston Cougars are averaging 76 points per game, 56.5 points against per game, 38.5 rebounds per game, and 15 assists per game. Marcus Sasser has led the Cougars this season with 17.1 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 2.8 rebounds per game. Houston is shooting 47.1% from the field, 72.2% on free throws, and 35.2% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

East Carolina is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 8-2 in East Carolina’s last 10 neutral site games. Houston is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games. The under is 4-1 in Houston’s last 5 neutral site games. The favorite is 16-6-1 ATS in these two teams last 23 head to head meetings.

Pick

Houston comes into this game as one of the best teams in the country and they have won 11 games in a row. East Carolina was 6-12 in conference play this year and they have lost three of their last five games. Houston defeated ECU by a score of 76-57 on February 25th. Houston should have no problems getting the win in this game and I lean the Cougars in this one due to their great defensive play. 

David’s Pick Houston -21.5

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