Memphis vs East Carolina Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

East Carolina (14-13) vs Memphis (20-8)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

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The Memphis Tigers will travel to Greenville to meet the East Carolina Pirates in AAC play this Thursday from the Williams Arena on ESPN2. Memphis comes in as 4-point road favorites, with the total hovering 145.5. Stay tuned for our Memphis vs East Carolina Prediction. 

Memphis Tigers Preview

Memphis moved to 20-8 after defeating Florida Atlantic at home by four, 78-74. The Tigers used a strong second half to shake up the conference standings, and they’ll seek similar success here in Greenville. Memphis is currently 6th in the AAC with a 9-6 record in league play, while going 5-5 over their last ten games, and they’re 6-5 on the road this season.

Memphis Team Analysis

  • St. John’s transfer David Jones posted a 25-point double-double in the win over Florida Atlantic, and he leads Memphis in scoring (21.7) and rebounding (7.5). 
  • Veteran guard Jahvon Quinerly has scored 17 points or more in three of the last six games, and he’s averaging 13.4 ppg and a team-leading 5.0 apg.
  • Harlem native Nae’Qwan Tomlin chipped in 21 points in the FAU victory, and he’s averaging 11.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

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East Carolina Pirates Preview

East Carolina fell to 14-13 after losing to Rice in Houston, 70-52. The Pirates were pushed around down the stretch by the Owls, and they’ll look to get back to .500 here against the Tigers. ECU is currently 8th in the AAC with a 7-7 record in league play, with a 4-6 record over their last ten games, while going 3-5 on the road this season.

East Carolina Team Analysis

  • Senior guard RJ Felton has hit the 20-point mark in three of his last five outings, and he leads East Carolina in scoring (16.5), while grabbing 6.3 rpg.
  • Raleigh native Brandon Johnson poured in a game-high 30 points in the road win over UTSA, and he leads ECU in rebounding (8.5), while scoring 13.7 ppg. 
  • Sophomore forward Ezra Ausar has struggled during February, but he remains third on the team at 12.0 ppg and scored a season-high 25 points in the SMU defeat, and he’s third in the team at 13.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg.  

Memphis vs ECU Team Stats

  • Memphis is scoring 80.0 points per game, on 45.9% shooting, while allowing 75.1 ppg.
  • The Tigers are averaging 63.4 possessions per game (246th), while shooting 34.8% from deep, and 72.1% from the stripe. 
  • East Carolina is scoring 69.6 points per game, on 41.&% shooting, while allowing 75.0 ppg,
  • The Pirates are averaging 73.5 possessions per game (58th), while shooting 31.2% from the outside, and 69.8% from the line. 

Memphis vs East Carolina Game Trends

  • MEM is 10-18 against the spread, with a 16-12 O/U record.
  • ECU is 12-14 ATS, with a 8-18 over/under record.

Memphis vs East Carolina Prediction  

Memphis picked up a big win at home versus FAU last time out, and I believe they build on that effort here in Greenville. East Carolina doesn’t have much to play for at this point in the season, and with the Tigers feeling the pressure of being on the bubble, this feels a good spot to sway with the visiting team. Back Memphis for this AAC battle on Thursday.

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