East Carolina vs Rice Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

Rice (10-16) vs East Carolina (14-12)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Rice -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates will play the Rice Owls in an AAC game on Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas. East Carolina has won three games in a row, while Rice has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the East Carolina vs Rice prediction.

East Carolina Preview

The East Carolina Pirates are 14-12 (7-6) this year after they defeated Tulane by a score of 81-67 in their last game. East Carolina led 38-33 at halftime and they scored 43 points in the second half for the double-digit win. The Pirates shot 51.7% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. East Carolina defeated Wichita State by a score of 68-55 and UTSA by a score of 84-73 in the two games prior to Rice. The Pirates are scoring 69.8 points per game with 35.3 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game, while allowing 67.7 points against per game this year. RJ Felton is averaging 16.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 1.9 steals per game. East Carolina is shooting 42.2% from the field, 69.9% on free throws, and 31.1% on three pointers this season.

Rice Preview

The Rice Owls are 10-16 (4-9) this season after they defeated UAB by a score of 94-71 in their last game. Rice led 49-24 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite being out scored in the second half. The Owls shot 60.3% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Rice had lost their previous three games against Tulsa, South Florida, and SMU. The Owls are scoring 74 points per game with 36.1 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game, while giving up 76.5 points against per game this season. Travis Evee is averaging 15.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Rice is shooting 44.6% from the field, 69.5% on free throws, and 34.2% on three pointers this year. 

East Carolina vs Rice Betting Prediction

East Carolina comes into this game looking for their fourth straight win, but they will be on the road for this game. The Pirates are only shooting 42.2% from the field, but they have scored 81+ points in two of their last three games. Rice is only 4-9 in conference play, but they are coming off of a blowout win over UAB, who has been pretty good this season. The Owls are a slightly better offensive team than ECU, but their defense is allowing over 76 points against per game this year. I think Rice is going to struggle to continue their strong play after that upset win in their last game and I like East Carolina to cover on the road here. 

David’s Pick East Carolina +1.5

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