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(9-12) East Carolina Pirates vs. Wichita State Shockers (10-11)
Date: Wednesday February 6
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Williams Arena, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAAB Moneyline Odds: OFF
NCAAB Betting Odds: Shockers -6
NCAAB Betting Total: 140
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Two struggling teams from the AAC will get together on Wednesday, February 6th at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time as the East Carolina Pirates will host the Shockers of Wichita State in an all-important conference matchup.
East Carolina continues to lick its wounds as they have dropped six of their last seven conference games as they fell to the UConn Huskies on the road in their last time out with the visitors shooting only 33% from the field while posting 26 points in both halves.
On the other hand, the Shockers have had to endure their fair share of losing throughout the season as well, however, have managed to win two straight outings after picking up a victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane most recently as 27 points for Markis McDuffie was certainly the difference in this contest along with the Shockers ability to turn up the pressure on the defensive in forcing 18 turnovers on the night in which to seal the victory.
These two teams have not met since January of 2018 as the Wichita State Shockers were able to pick up a blowout victory of 35 points over East Carolina.
East Carolina Pirates
KJ Davis was the lone double digit scorer for East Carolina in their last outing versus the UConn Huskies as he posted 13 points on the night. On the other hand, leading scorer on the season in Jayden Gardner went just 2-10 from the floor while ending with 9 points along with four rebounds.
Gardner’s inconsistency on the offensive end has certainly left East Carolina in a terrible position as he has decreased his average on the season from 18 points per game to putting up only an average of 11 points per outing in the last four contests.
Defensively, the Pirates were very uncharacteristic in their approach to this matchup versus the UConn Huskies as they allowed their home team to shooting 49% from the floor while allowing five double-digit scorers on the night for UConn, including20 points along with 16 rebounds from Josh Carlton.
And while the defense for East Carolina is only allowing 43% shooting per game to their opponents this season, they have recently struggled in this area as opponents have been able to keep the defense on its heels throughout much of their recent contests.
And while East Carolina has fallen short in each of its last five road games, overall, they have fared a bit better on their home court in their last five games as they have won three of these outings, with their most recent being a one-point victory versus the Tulane Green Wave.
Nonetheless, if the offense is not able to increase their output during this critical time of season, East Carolina may find itself within the cellar of the AAC conference as they have tough matchups looming versus the Temple Owls as well as the Memphis Tigers.
Of course, while the Shockers have done much better on the defensive end recently, they have allowed 80 or more points in two of their last three outings, overall.
In all, one should certainly look for East Carolina to push the pace early and often in this contest in which to kick-start an inconsistent offense.
On the other hand, the Pirates defense will certainly look to assert themselves soon after this contest gets underway as the Shockers have heated up during their current two-game stretch in averaging a tad over 80 points per game.
Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State has certainly had a tendency to allow a bit too many points to their opponents lately as well as throughout the season. However, their resurgence on the offensive end at a critical point in the season has certainly done them well as they enter this matchup winners of two straight contests, as stated.
Leading scorer on the season in McDuffie has seemingly erected himself from a current funk and as he eclipsed the 20-point mark for only the first time in the last five outings for the Shockers.
Of course, this can certainly be a great sign for the visitors for their upcoming matchup with an East Carolina squad who has also had trouble keeping up with opponents on the offensive end.
Nonetheless, Wichita State will certainly need more offensive production from the remaining players within the starting five as well as those on the bench as Samajae Haynes-Jones, who averages over 12 points per game for the Shockers on the year, has decreased his output in recent games as he has scored in double-figures in just one of these outings.
Of course, the good news for Wichita State that they are playing much more fluid on the offensive end these days. Unfortunately for Wichita State, they have been horrible on the road this season and enter this matchup losers of five straight road games.
Nonetheless, with a struggling team in the East Carolina Pirates, look for the Shockers to possess a healthy amount of confidence and momentum as they take the floor on Wednesday night for an all-important conference matchup.
NCAAB Betting Trends:
- WICH are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Wed. games
- Under is 7-3 in ECU last 10 home games
Free Wichita State Shockers vs. East Carolina Pirates NCAAB Prediction:
One can certainly expect a an exciting yet low-scoring match up amongst these two American Athletic Conference squads as each will be fighting desperately in which to pick up a much-needed victory.
As pointed out, the Shockers will be looking to win their third straight game while East Carolina will be looking to erect themselves from a rough patch of play to where they have only won one single game in their last seven outings.
In all, with the way in which Wichita State has performed on the offensive end recently, I will back the visitors in this contest as the confidence obtained from their most recent two outings will be enough in which to pull away from a dismal East Carolina team that will simply not be able to keep up, offensively.
In other words, expect the defense for East Carolina to keep them in this matchup for as long as possible before the road team begins to take advantage of their severe lack of offense.
One can certainly look for the Shockers to continue their stellar streak of play in picking up yet another victory in hard-fought fashion as they will pull out a road win versus the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 79 – 64.
4* Free NCAAB Betting Pick: Shockers -6
Again, East Carolina will certainly be looking to assert themselves on the defensive end of the floor early and often in this matchup versus a Wichita State team that has suddenly found a bit of rhythm on the offensive end.
Nonetheless, the Shockers will also push the pace constantly in this matchup in an effort to pick up easy buckets in transition while also potentially gaining access to the free throw line.
With that being the case, expect the road team to prevail in what will be a highly competitive yet low scoring matchup amongst two teams that will fight tooth and nail for a victory on Wednesday night.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Shockers 79 – Pirates 64
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