Tulsa vs East Carolina Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

East Carolina (14-17) vs Tulsa (16-14)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 12:30 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: East Carolina -2.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will meet in the first round of the AAC Championship this Thursday in Fort Worth from the Dickies Arena on ESPNU. ECU enters as 2.5-point favorites, with the total sitting at 141. Stay tuned for our Tulsa vs East Carolina Prediction. 

Tulsa Preview: Can the Upset-Happy Golden Hurricane Come Through Again?

Tulsa finished at 16-14 after defeating South Florida at home, 76-70. The Golden Hurricane saved their best for last with the upset of an improved USF team, and they’ll attempt to bring that momentum into the conference tournament. Tulsa is scoring 74.9 points per game, on 43.9% shooting, while allowing 73.5 ppg, and they’re 4-6 over their last ten games.

Tulsa Team Analysis

  • TCU transfer PJ Haggerty led the way with a game-high 32 points in the win over South Florida, and he leads Tulsa in scoring (20.9) and assists (3.7), while grabbing 5.4 rpg. 
  • Dallas native Cobe Williams complimented him with a 23-point double-double versus USF, and he’s up to 13.2 ppg and 3.6 apg.
  • Junior forward Jared Garcia went for a team-high 24 points in the Charlotte victory, and he leads the Golden Hurricane in rebounding (6.0), while scoring 9.3 ppg. 

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East Carolina Preview: Will the Pirates Continue Their Head-to-Head Dominance?

East Carolina fell to 14-17 after losing to Charlotte in Greenville, 82-72. The Pirates were outscored in both halves by their in-state foes, and they’ll try to bounce back here in Fort Worth. ECU is scoring 69.2 points per game, on 42.2% shooting, while allowing 69.6 ppg, and they’re 3-7 over their previous ten games.

East Carolina Team Analysis

  • Senior guard RJ Felton hit the 28-point mark in the final two games, and he leads East Carolina in scoring (17.3), while grabbing 6.2 rpg.
  • Raleigh native Brandon Johnson posted a 13-point double-double against SMU, and he leads ECU in rebounding (8.4), while scoring 14.0 ppg. 
  • Durham product Bobby Pettiford Jr. leads the Pirates in assists (3.5), while averaging 7.9 ppg.  

Tulsa vs ECU Game Trends

  • Tulsa leads the head-to-head series, 23-8, but East Carolina has won five straight five meetings.  
  • TUL is 15-13-1 ATS, with a 15-14 over/under record.
  • ECU is 13-17 against the spread, with a 11-19 O/U record.

Tulsa vs East Carolina Prediction  

Tulsa’s two late-season wins over Charlotte and South Florida were impressive, but after dropping five straight games to East Carolina, that trend may be worth trusting here. ECU carries a veteran squad that has played Tulsa very well over the last three seasons, and if they find a way to slow PJ Haggerty down, their current series winning streak may continue. Back ECU for this AAC Championship matchup. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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