Planning on watching today’s Pirates and Bulls game? Catch the action at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, as the Bulls hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on ESPN2. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have South Florida as the -6.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136.5 points.

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES VS SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: East Carolina Pirates +6.5

This game will be played at Dickies Arena at 1:00 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE EAST CAROLINA PIRATES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Even though we have South Florida winning straight-up, we like East Carolina at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will East Carolina Shock Everyone at Dickies Arena?

East Carolina heads into this game as a 6.5-point underdog. On the road this season, the Pirates have gone just 3-7, and they come into this game with a two-game losing streak away from home.

Overall, East Carolina is 14-17, including an 8-10 mark in the American Athletic Conference. In their last game, the Pirates beat Tulsa by a score of 84-79.

East Carolina has an overall ATS record of 13-16-1 this season, including a 5-5 mark vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Pirates are 6-8 vs. the spread this year and 4-6 in their last 10 games as the underdog. In their last 3 road games, East Carolina is 1-2 vs. the spread and they have gone 2-3 in their last 5 games vs. the spread on the road.

East Carolina’s over/under record for the season is 11-19 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (140.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Coming off a good offensive performance, East Carolina’s offense scored 84 points against Tulsa. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50%, and they went 24/35 from the free-throw line. Ezra Ausar was the leading scorer for the Pirates, putting up 28 points. In addition, Russell Felton Jr. contributed 19 points.

Coming into today’s game, the East Carolina defense is giving up an average of 69.9 points per contest. Against Tulsa in their most recent game, the East Carolina defense gave up a total of 79 points while allowing Tulsa to hit 50% of their shots.

Will the Bulls Live Up to Expectations at Home?

South Florida will be looking to bounce back after a 76-70 loss to Tulsa. The Bulls have been dominant at home this season, going 16-2, and they have won their last 14 games at home.

Overall, South Florida has a record of 23-6, and they have been favored in 19 of their 29 games. Their record as the favorite is 16-3. For the year, the Bulls have an average scoring margin of +10.6 points per game.

South Florida has been solid against the spread this season, going 19-7-3. They have been even better when playing at home, going 14-3-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bulls are 6-2-2 vs. the spread.

South Florida’s over/under record this season is 10-19 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line of 147 in their games. So far, 24 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s number. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 146 points compared to their season average of 144 points per game.

Against Tulsa, the South Florida had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 75.4 points per game. They scored 70 points and posted a field goal percentage of 36.8% in the game. The top scorer for the Bulls was Kasean Pryor with 29 points, while Chris Youngblood also added 12 to the scoreboard.

At this time, the Bulls’ defense is positioned 79th in the country, permitting 68.6 points per game. South Florida’s three-point defense is currently 102nd in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.8% of their shots vs. South Florida.