AAC foes will collide when the East Carolina Pirates (6-8, 0-1 AAC) meet the South Florida Bulls (8-7, 1-1 AAC) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
South Florida Bulls vs. East Carolina Pirates Betting Preview
In the Bulls’ last matchup, they defeated the UConn Huskies, 75-60. Laquincy Rideau was the game’s high scorer with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. South Florida played a perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.404 (above their season average of 0.200) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.3 (below their season average of 33.9). UConn had marks of 0.185 and 20.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The Pirates are trying to rebound after their 75-69 loss to the No. 24 Wichita State Shockers in their last outing. Jayden Gardner was the top scorer from either team with 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting. Wichita State had a free throw rate of 0.281 (above their season average of 0.242). East Carolina, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.525 (above their season average of 0.468).
The offense of East Carolina will clash against the stingy defense of South Florida. The Pirates currently rank 232nd in offensive efficiency, while the Bulls are 100th in defensive efficiency. The Bulls should have the edge on that side of the ball. Also, the Bulls are among the country’s elite on the offensive backboards, ranking 51st in offensive rebounding percentage (33.7 percent). The Pirates, meanwhile, rank 58th at grabbing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 75.5 percent.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Bulls won both matchups last season. In the last matchup, South Florida won 72-68. South Florida’s rebounding was their biggest advantage. The Bulls had 18 offensive rebounds and 46 total rebounds, while the Pirates had six and 22, respectively.
South Florida Bulls vs. East Carolina Pirates Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – South Florida, ATS Winner – South Florida, O/U – Under
The Bulls rank 184th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while the Pirates rank 230th (18.6).
South Florida ranks 40th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while East Carolina ranks 75th (3.1).
East Carolina ranks 114th in assists per game (13.6) while South Florida ranks 234th (10.3).
The Bulls rank 29th in steals per game (8.9) while the Pirates rank 140th (6.1).
South Florida ranks 11th in rebounds allowed per game (29.7) while East Carolina ranks 81st (33.3).
The Pirates have outscored opponents by an average of 6.4 points in their last five games. On the season, East Carolina has lost by an average of 0.3 points.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (6.0 above their season average).