The Golden Hurricane and Pirates are set to face off at 12:30 ET on ESPNU. The Pirates will host the game at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX. The over/under for this game is set at 140 points, and East Carolina is favored by -2.5 vs. Tulsa in a American Athletic conference matchup.


The Pick: East Carolina Pirates -2.5

This game will be played at Dickies Arena at 12:30 ET on Thursday, March 14th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Pirates.
  • Not only will East Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Are the Golden Hurricane Ready for a Road Win?

Heading into their matchup with East Carolina, Tulsa will be looking to snap a three-game road losing streak. Over their last 10 road games, the Golden Hurricane are just 2-8, and their average scoring margin on the road this season is -13.1 points per game.

As the underdog, Tulsa has gone 5-12 this season, and they are 16-14 overall. They have won two straight games, including a 76-70 win over South Florida in their most recent outing. This season, they have gone 7-11 in American Athletic Conference action.

As the underdog this season, Tulsa has an ATS record of 6-10-1. On the road, their ATS mark is just 2-7-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Golden Hurricane are 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Tulsa games is 15-13, and the average scoring total in their games is 149.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 140 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.2). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 148 points.

The Tulsa offense is coming off a game where they scored 76 points against South Florida. They posted a field goal percentage of 42.9% and connected on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Golden Hurricane was PJ Haggerty with 32 points, while Cobe Williams also added 23 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Golden Hurricane’s defense holds the 219th rank in the nation, allowing 73.5 points per game. In their previous game vs. South Florida, the Bulls finished with a field goal percentage of 42% and a total of 70 points vs. Tulsa.

Can East Carolina Grab a Win at Home?

East Carolina comes into this game as a 2.5-point favorite, and they have gone 10-5 when favored this season. They are also 10-9 at home, and their average scoring margin is +1.7 points per game at home.

Overall, the Pirates have gone 14-17 this year, and they have lost four straight games. In their most recent game, they fell to Charlotte by a score of 82-72.

As the favorite this season, East Carolina is 6-8-1 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Pirates have a mark of 4-5-1 vs. the spread. At home this season, ECU has an ATS record of 7-11-1 and over their last 10 games at home, they are 3-6-1 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, the Pirates have an ATS record of 1-2.

East Carolina’s over/under record this season is 10-19 and today’s line of 140 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (140.7). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 154 points.

In their previous game, the Pirates’ offense finished with 72 points, which is right in line with their current average of 69.2 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Russell Felton Jr. who comes into today’s matchup averaging 17.3. Brandon Johnson also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.

Currently, the Pirates’ defense holds the 104th rank in the nation, allowing 69.6 points per game. Against Charlotte in their most recent game, the East Carolina defense gave up a total of 82 points while allowing Charlotte to hit 53% of their shots.